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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

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?

Thumb: A jammed thumb implies there is no fracture. However one must be careful in the thumb that a collateral ligament injury of the mcp joint is not missed. Dip joint injuries typically do not involve ligametns but a"mallet thumb" may present with loss of extension due to a tendon injury and it is missed due ot inability to appreciate that there is a loss of terminal extension ...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

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Is it normal for a thumb injury to hurt more when splinted?

Is it normal for a thumb injury to hurt more when splinted?

Not really: Usually splinting will help keep the patient and injury more comfortable
make sure the splint is applied properly and not too tight. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for thumb injury?

What is the treatment for thumb injury?

Thumb pain: Assess the thumb for range of motion, localization of tenderness, stability, and deformity. An x ray is usually in order to rule out a fracture. If fracture present a hand specialist is needed to evaluate for splinting vs. Possible surgery. ...Read more

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Any ideas why thumb injury hurts more while splinted?

Any ideas why thumb injury hurts more while splinted?

Position: It may be the position of the thumb in the splint, which can be adjusted by your doctor. The splint may also be too tight, if that is the case you need to elevate more or get the splint removed. ...Read more

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Why does a thumb injury hurt more while it's in a splint?

Why does a thumb injury hurt more while it's in a splint?

The splint may: Not be the best fit for your hands or it can be putting stress on the injury such as a ligament injury or fracture or it can be irritating a nerve that lies just below the skin or even a small portion of the splint may be too tightThe best thing to do is talk to the supplier of prescriber of or maker of the splint and make sure it's fitted properly and also that it's the right split for the injury ...Read more

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What to do about a thumb injury while playing volleyball?

What to do about a thumb injury while playing volleyball?

See your doc: Your physician can help to figure out whether the injury is bone related or soft tissue and whether a specialist is needed. ...Read more

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Had a thumb injury about 3 years ago, what can I do for treatment?

Need more specifics: You neglect to mention whether it was a sprain, a fracture or whatever?
If it was a fracture it typically heals in 4-6 weeks
if it was a severe sprain usually involving
the ulna collateral ligament, it can lead
to some chronic instability which may be
your problem
hard to say more specifics without knowing
your precise injury 3 years ago. ...Read more

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Should I go to a doctor if I have a thumb injury?

Should I go to a doctor if I have a thumb injury?

Yes: Thumb injuries should be taken seriously. See your primary care doc and if he thinks it needs further attention he or she will refer you to a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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Help with a potential thumb injury--muscle is really weak?

Help with a potential thumb injury--muscle is really weak?

Need more info: Weakness of the thumb can be caused by injury to the median nerve - one of major nerves that innervates part of your hand. However, it's impossible to know how to address this problem without more information about the nature of your injury. ...Read more

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Should I go to a hospital if I was wrestling and got a thumb injury?

Really depends: What happened to the thumb? Is it swollen? Painful? Range of motion is still intacted? ...Read more

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Thumb injury--can you tell me what does narrowing of the first mcp joint mean?

Thumb injury--can you tell me what does narrowing of the first mcp joint mean?

Arthritis: Narrowing of joint usually associated with cartilage damage and loss of height of articular cartilage. Could be traumatic or arthritic. If see narrowing on one side and opening up on opposite side with stress x-ray could indicate collateral ligament injury. Can see narrowing associated with fracture involving articular surface. See hand surgeon. ...Read more