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How do I fix a thumb injury?

How do I fix a thumb injury?

Depends on injury: If you injured your thumb you should be evaluated by a physician. Xrays should be ordered to rule out a fracture. If it is a dislocation then wearing a splint will be necessary. If it is a sprain it depends which ligament is sprained or torn because sometimes surgery is required. Better to get evaluated by an md for hand injuries rather than just wait to see if it heals on its own. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Hilliard
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Thumb Injury (Definition)

Described as any traumatic event involving the thumb. The trauma might include but not be limited to skin, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, ...Read more


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How can I treat a jammed thumb?

How can I treat a jammed thumb?

Ice, protect, eval.: Jammed thumbs can be a soft tissue injury, whereby the surrounding soft tissues are injured or sprained at the joint between the thumb bones (phalanges), or involve bony injury (fracture). A thorough evaluation by your healthcare provider will help elucidate whether an x-ray is indicated. Usually ice, compression and bracing to protect against further injury is indicated. Recovery is usually rapid. ...Read more

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Should you pull on a jammed thumb?

Should you pull on a jammed thumb?

Probably won't help: Treatment of a jammed thumb depends on what the injury is. If it is a minor sprain, pullling on it won't help, but won't hurt. Be careful though - some "jammed" thumbs are actually complete ligament tears or fractures. Best advice is to seek medical attention if pain persists more than a few days, or there is significant swelling or bruising ...Read more

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What can be done for a jammed thumb?

What can be done for a jammed thumb?

RICE: Rest, ice, compression and elevation work for most strains and sprains. Otc antiinflamatories should help with pain. If it is numb, disfigured or persists see your doctor for an xray and evaluatin of the ligaments. ...Read more

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What is a common skiiers thumb injury?

What is a common skiiers thumb injury?

Acute game-keepers: It is a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal-phalangeal joint of the thumb. It is caused by falling on your hand with the thumb outstretched. The ski pole strap and/or hard plastic molded pole grips capture the thumb and predispose to this injury. You should only use ski pole straps to hand them on a nail in the garage. Yes you may drop a pole but that is an easier recovery. ...Read more

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Can a thumb injury affect your vision?

Can a thumb injury affect your vision?

Not sure: Did you stick it in your eye? Sorry I couldn't resist. Seriously though there is no connection. You may want to get your vision checked. ...Read more

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What is done to evaluate a thumb injury?

What is done to evaluate a thumb injury?

Exam and x-ray: Fractures and ligament tears are very common injuries. An x-ray is obtained to check for a fracture and if none is found, a physical exam is performed to evaluate the collateral ligaments. Both the radial and ulnar collateral ligaments can be sprained or torn. Sprains resolve with immobilization, torn ligaments require surgical repair. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have a thumb injury?

What should I do if I have a thumb injury?

See a doctor: See a hand specialist. Thumb is very important, and should not be neglected. ...Read more

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What to do about a thumb injury from hammar?

What to do about a thumb injury from hammar?

Ice: Ice decreases swelling, bleeding/bruising, and pain. Unless it was a very large hammer or you are exceptionally strong, the chance of a fracture is minimal and the pain and swelling will improve in a few days. The black and blue under the nail may take several months to resolve. If there is a lot of pain and pressure under the nail the blood may have to be released by your doctor. ...Read more

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What are good ways I can fix my jammed thumb?

What are good ways I can fix my jammed thumb?

Thumb Injury: Thumb injuries should be evaluated for possible damage to ligaments, tendons, joints and bones. Improper diagnosis and treatment can lead to long term problems with thumb function. See a sports medicine doctor or a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Please help! What is this long lasting thumb injury?

Please help! What is this long lasting thumb injury?

Xray: You would need an examination by a hand surgeon and an xray to make the diagnosis and then come up with the appropriate treatment. With no other info provided it is impossible to make any diagnosis. Some common diagnoses you can look up - basal joint arthritis, trigger thumb, ulnar collateral ligament tear, dequervain tendinitis. ...Read more

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What can I do to recover from a thumb injury quickly?

What can I do to recover from a thumb injury quickly?

Give it time: There is nothing we know of that will speed recover of injuries. I would recommend the typical which is keep the finger moving to prevent stiffness, you can also try over the counter anti inflammatory medications if you are having pain. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Thumb injury?

What is the definition or description of: Thumb injury?

Thumbs up.: Described as any traumatic event involving the thumb. The trauma might include but not be limited to skin, nerves, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, blood vessels and bone. ...Read more

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What are some of the symptoms that could follow a thumb injury?

What are some of the symptoms that could follow a thumb injury?

Pain, swelling...: Simple thumb injuries, such as sprains, can cause pain, swelling and stiffness. Symptoms should improve over the course of a few weeks. More complex injuries can result in fractures and ligament ruptures (severe sprains) and in some cases require treatment, such as casting or surgery. See your doctor if you have any concerns. ...Read more

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Why does thumb injury hurts more splinted?

Not sure: Possibly the splint is not applied properly or in correct position. If it for a fracture, perhaps a well padded thumb spica cast might be more comfortable. One should actually be more comfortable if an injury is immobilized in a splint or cast in the proper position check with your ortho if not better. ...Read more

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Where do I go for my thumb injury and rehab?

Where do I go for my thumb injury and rehab?

See below: See a hand specialist or orthopedist who is good with hand issues and for rehab, pt and ot can help. ...Read more

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What's the safest way to rehab a jammed thumb?

What's the safest way to rehab a jammed thumb?

Get an x-ray: I can't tell you the number of patients who have come to see me weeks after jamming there finger only to get an x-ray and see they had a fracture which has now healed incorrectly and needs surgery to rebreak it. ...Read more

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How do you treat a repetitive stress thumb injury?

How do you treat a repetitive stress thumb injury?

First thing: The first thing to do is stop doing whatever you're doing that led to the stress injury. For many in this culture, it could be texting, online gaming, etc but there are many other possibilities too. See your doctor for an exam and more specific recommendations. ...Read more