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How should I handle a dislocated thumb?

How should I handle a dislocated thumb?

Protect: If it has been reduced (set back into position), splint until non-tender and gradually resume range of motion and progress to normal use. ...Read more

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When is it to late to have a dislocated thumb fixed?

When is it to late to have a dislocated thumb fixed?

Never too late: If the thumb is still dislocated, you should see a hand surgeon. The longer you wait the more involved the repair will be but the thumb is such a valuable part of the hand that you want it as functional as possible. A prolonged wait might mean the surgeon will have to re-dislocate it and perhaps clean up scar and contracture elements to restore function. ...Read more

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What besides ice should I put on a dislocated thumb?

Further evaluation: A dislocated thumb is often associated with a fracture and/or ligament tear. A physician should evaluate a dislocated thumb with a physical examination and likely x-rays as well. ...Read more

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Hi docs, would my dislocated thumb heal by itself?

Hi docs, would my dislocated thumb heal by itself?

Not correctly: If u have dislocated your thumb acutely you need to have the joint reduced promptly( either in the er or @ orthopedist's office).Most common thumb dislocations occur @ the metacarpal-phalangeal((knuckle) joint and occassionally require open reduction as tendon or other tissue can be 'stuck' in the joint.See an ors for evaluation/ x-rays for diagnosis and treatment . Best of luck! ...Read more

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How to tell if I have a dislocated thumb or just damaged ligaments?

How to tell if I have a dislocated thumb or just damaged ligaments?

Exam by a qualified: Hand surgeon or orthopedic surgeon. Xrayay include stress x-rays. Mri is used at times. But a exam tells the most http://www.Handctr.Com/thumb-sprains-126.Html. ...Read more

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How long does a fractured and slightly dislocated thumb take to heal?

How long does a fractured and slightly dislocated thumb take to heal?

Several weeks: If everything is now back in place, it could take several weeks for your thumb to not hurt at all. If it is immobilized, you will be given exercises to do when you can finally move it. Doing these every day carefully will help the healing process. Hopefully you will make a full and rapid recovery! It is also important to avoid re-injury. ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between a broken thumb, fractured thumb, and dislocated thumb?

Please advise what is the difference between a broken thumb, fractured thumb, and dislocated thumb?

Fracture=break: Fracture is another name for a broken bone, no difference. Dislocation refers to a joint being displaced out of position so it is not properly aligned. This requires closed or open reduction to realign the bones on either side of the joint. ...Read more

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Dislocated thumb - lingering pain/weakness. Will arthritis set in?

Dislocated thumb - lingering pain/weakness.  Will arthritis set in?

Bad news: When you have dislocated thumb that not good , you should check out and treated. Thank you. ...Read more

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How do I know whether my thumb is broken sprained or dislocated?

How do I know whether my thumb is broken sprained or dislocated?

Xray: It sometimes can be hard to say on your own. If it was a fairly mild injury and you get better in 2-3 days, it was probably just a sprain. But if you had a substantial injury or it does not start feeling better soon, i would sure be seen to get an xray. The thumb is very important for function, so you don't want to neglect it if you do have a fracture. Thank you for the question. ...Read more