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Thumb Joint Cracking
My thumb joint keeps cracking randomly (it doesn't matter if I'm doing any activity or whatever), how do I stop this from happening? Any excercises?
Joint cracking: Cracking sounds occur when a-bubbles form in joints as they are pulled apart, b-Rapid stretching of ligaments, and other possible etiologies. Old wive's tale of popping the joints, especially knuckles, leads to arthritis or other joint problems. However, medical research has so far failed to conclusively demonstrate any connection between knuckle cracking and long-term joint problems. ...Read more
Technically it can: But it is usually of little benefit, because of the small size of the thumb joints. Depends on which joint as well. If you have pain or DJD in your basal thumb joint or cmc joint it can be cleaned out with a procedure called a trapezium resection and suspensionplasty. Great surgery 97-99% success rate. The other thumb joints can either be fused, but this sig. Decreases thumb function. ...Read more
Arthritis: In the base of the thumb joint. ...Read more
RICE: Rest, immobilization, cold and exersice. Thumb joint pain, especially at the base, is usually arthritis. I start with a brace and oral steroids and if pain persists, injections and therapy follow. If I can't relieve the pain and x-rays show arthritis, I will procede with arthroplasty. Surgery consists of removing the arthritic bone and replacing it with tendon. ...Read more
Can be: Numbness and tingling is commonly nerve related, and the ulnar nerve supplies sensation to the small and part of the ring fingers. It can be injured at the elbow, in the forearm, or within the palm. Pain at the elbow / forearm / wrist after a fall can be due to ligamentous or bony injury. Early evaluation which should include xrays in important, preferably by an orthopaedic or hand specialist. ...Read more
I have constant and sometimes extreme pain just below my thumb joint or perhaps closer to my trapezium for over a year now?
Trapezium -thumb: Understanding of anatomy may lead you to the right location and the names of the bones there. There can be tendinitis. Fracture. Sprain. Ligament injury contusion overuse, joint swelling skin issues, really anything in that area. However arthritis in this region is common. Seeing a hand surgeon who can examine your wrist, take X-rays and help first with a diagnosis then treatment can help ...Read more
An ip Jtlw fusion: At the thumb tip or an MP joint fusion at the large knuckle typically cannot be taken down and made to move. However if you have had a fusion at the base of the thumb or what is called the CMC joint then at times that fusion and be removed and the thumb stabilized with some type of tendon transfer or inter-position and motion can be restored partially. There are many variables to consider first. ...Read more
Tendon/joint: Pain at the level of the metacarpophalangeal (mp) joint without antecedent trauma is most commonly due to trigger thumb. The pain and tenderness is located on the palmar (front) surface. Other symptoms include morning. Another cause of mp joint pain is arthritis. After trauma, causes include tendonitis, sprain, joint injury (cartilage damage) and fracture. See a hand surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more
Painful and itchy: There could be so many reasons for that. It hard to make a determination without taking a look. ...Read more
Cracking: Cracking is normal. Its the release of co@ molecules from the joint. ...Read more
ABOUT 8 WEEKS: Requires active and passive assistive exercise at home 4 times a day and physiotherapy 3 days a week. ...Read more
Sometimes normal: This will depend on when you had the injection, when was the pain and for how long. Cortisone has a crystalline structure and can irritate the joint lining when injected. Typically this will occur in the first 24-48 hours after the injection is given and will usually resolve on its own. Persistent or continually worsening pain beyond this can be concerning though. ...Read more
Injection reaction: It's unlikely this far out from injection. Typically bad reactions are within hours to days. If the pain is in your hand, the effects of the injection may have worn off or you have experienced an exacerbation of the arthritis or synovitis that you were originally given the injection for. I would make an appointment with your physician to see if something else can be done for your symptoms. ...Read more
Fell Feb14, was xrayed=no fx, tho doc thought it looked broken. Injury is to thumb joint more distal (not at base of thumb) still swollen/painful?
7 weeks ago I fell and hurt my thumb joint. Now it is still painful. It's not a continuous pain though kinda only when I move it, or put pressure on it?
See an orthopedist: How did you dislocate all these joints? ...Read more
See your doc: If you have a fracture and it is not treated you could be in for problems later. An x-ray at the very least. ...Read more
Trigger thumb: The tendon is catching.Get a more detailed answer ›
I have a small growth just about a 1/4 in. Below my thumb joint (outside) I think it grew. Sometimes hurts, not always.
Growth on thumb: Without seeing the lesion, I can't speculate as to what it is. You should consult your family doctor. ...Read more