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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?

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

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How to I get relief from snapping thumb joint?

How to I get relief from snapping thumb joint?

Difficult: Best to see a hand surgeon for care. All the best. ...Read more

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Why can't my thumb joint be surgically cleaned out?

Why can't my thumb joint be surgically cleaned out?

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

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What do I do for thumb joint discomfort?

What do I do for thumb joint discomfort?

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

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What causes thumb joint and wrist pain?

What causes thumb joint and wrist pain?

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

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Swollen pain red when pressed thumb joint causes?

Swollen pain red when pressed thumb joint causes?

Thumb pain: Infection, inflammation, foreign body reaction.
Should have it evaluated as your thumb is very important to have. Don't wait. ...Read more

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Will I have to spend time off school if I have a thumb joint fusion?

Will I have to spend time off school if I have a thumb joint fusion?

Depends: Is it your dominant thumb (writing hand)? You may want a day or two off if it is very painful after surgery. ...Read more

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Could a grade 1 sprain if the thumb joint last for 7 weeks? Or could my injury be more serious?

Could a grade 1 sprain if the thumb joint last for 7 weeks? Or could my injury be more serious?

See your PCP: For evaluation, imaging and referral. 7 weeks is too long. If this ligament injury is not diagnosed and treated properly, it may lead to chronic instability, weakness, and ultimately arthritis and more unnecessary aggravations. ...Read more

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I have constant and sometimes extreme pain just below my thumb joint or perhaps closer to my trapezium for over a year now?

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

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What is itchy lump on thumb joint?

What is itchy lump on thumb joint?

Unknown: How long have you had it? What does it look like? Is it painful or itchy or swollen or? Please be more specific. ...Read more

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Right thumb joint is fused. Can it be made to bend?

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

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In what way can u tell if a thumb joint is broken or sprung?

X-ray and medical: Eval can help to differentiate a fracture from a sprain. ...Read more

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I have pain in my thumb joint I think its the mp joint what are some causes of this?

I have pain in my thumb joint I think its the mp joint what are some causes of this?

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

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Why does my thumb joint keeps swelling after I pop it?

Injury: You are most likely causing a localized acute arthritis every time you pop your joint. I would certainly refrain from intentionally doing this and if it happens, apply ice, take Ibuprofen (if you can) and elevate it. See your doctor if concern. ...Read more

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What is causing my thumb joint to be painful, and itchy.

What is causing my thumb joint to be painful, and itchy.

Painful and itchy: There could be so many reasons for that. It hard to make a determination without taking a look. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery period for thumb joint arthroplasty?

How long is the recovery period for thumb joint arthroplasty?

ABOUT 8 WEEKS: Requires active and passive assistive exercise at home 4 times a day and physiotherapy 3 days a week. ...Read more

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Thumb joint pain at 19 years old. Are there any home remedies?

See details: First of all, there are several causes for pain in that area. Have the issue evaluated to determine the cause. You can try ice, rest and aleve (naproxen). ...Read more

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Very bad pain after cortisone injection in thumb joint, is it normal?

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

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Can u have a reaction to a cortisone injection in ur thumb joint 13 weeks after?

Can u have a reaction to a cortisone injection in ur thumb joint 13 weeks after?

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

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My thumb joint keeps hurting?

Thumb pain: Are you doing a repetitive activity that keeps irritating or adds pressure to your thumbs? Early side for arthritis. ...Read more

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What do you do when your thumb joint hurts after injury?

What do you do when your thumb joint hurts after injury?

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

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How to figure out why I can't move my lower thumb joint?

How to figure out why I can't move my lower thumb joint?

Trigger finger?: Most likely causes of lack of thumb motion are trigger thumb, tendon rupture or joint injury. Assume lower means ip joint, you need to see a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a small growth just about a 1/4 in. Below my thumb joint (outside) I think it grew. Sometimes hurts, not always.

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