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What are the typical symptoms of a sprained thumb?

What are the typical symptoms of a sprained thumb?

Pain and swelling: Sprains of joints such as the thumb cause pain with motion as the injured structures around the joint are stretched or compressed. Generalized swelling of the joint involved is also a very common complaint. The swelling is bothersome but can be somewhat protective early on in that the swelling functionally limits motion and acts as an internal "brace". Bruising about the thumb is also common. ...Read more

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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Sprain (Definition)

A sprain is a medical term that describes an injury to soft tissue structures in the area. Common examples are a lumbar sprain, in which you might injure muscles in your back; or an ankle sprain in which you could injure ligaments about the ankle. Sprains can be from mild to severe, and so ...Read more


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What are the symptoms of a grade 2 thumb sprain?

What are the symptoms of a grade 2 thumb sprain?

Pain and swelling: Miranda, A grade two thumb sprain means that the ligament is stretched but not completely torn. As the body tries to heal, it will be inflamed. You will experience pain, swelling, and tenderness. In general, RICE is the way to go: Rest, Ice, Compress (with an ace wrap, but not too tight), and elevate. Sprains generally take 10-21 days to heal. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What is the symptoms of a grade 2 thumb sprain? And how long does it last? (Rcl injury)

What is the symptoms of a grade 2 thumb sprain? And how long does it last? (Rcl injury)

6-8 wks: Radial Collateral Ligament injuries to the MCP joint usually heal in 6-8 weeks. Be careful not to re-injury thumb. Good Occupational Therapy program can help to maintain strength and mobility while joint heals. Hope this helps. Best of luck. Dr R ...Read more

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Symptoms of a rcl grade 3 thumb sprain? 12 weeks after falling, it's still bothering me.

Symptoms of a rcl grade 3 thumb sprain? 12 weeks after falling, it's still bothering me.

Grade 3 means total-: -tear and immobilized by casting. Some aggressive hand surgeons do primary repairs. Also it depends on if it's Ur dominant hand, & what U do. A baseball pitcher may B treated more aggressively. After 13 weeks only reconstruction can help. ...Read more

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Symptoms of a grade two rcl thumb sprain, it's been 7 weeks since I fell on it and it's still painful. Not continuous though. Only certain movements?

Symptoms of a grade two rcl thumb sprain, it's been 7 weeks since I fell on it  and it's still painful. Not continuous though. Only certain movements?

Bad Thumb Driver: If you've seen a doctor(hopefully a hand specialist),what did he do?? If not, it's should be immobilized for a while. Tendons and ligaments take a long time to heal,especially if you use them a lot.Try this: get some one-inch surgical tape at Rite Aid and drape it over the joint, tape ends pointing down, like a shawl. Put on a few layers. There! Snug! Feel better? If not, get back to that doctor!! ...Read more

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Symptoms of a grade two thumb sprain? How does a doctor diagnose it?

Symptoms of a grade two thumb sprain? How does a doctor diagnose it?

Exam: It is primarily a clinical diagnosis, that is to say it is based primarily upon an examination. X-rays are often obtained to rule out a bone injury. An X-ray taken with a stress view can be used in some cases to rule out a grade III injury. ...Read more

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How do you treat a sprained thumb?

How do you treat a sprained thumb?

Depends: Probably needs to be checked due to unusual fractures at the base of the thumb that may need surgery or ligament injuries that can become chronic. If the thumb is stable then using a thumb spica splint is usually adequate. ...Read more

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How can I stop pain from a sprained thumb?

How can I stop pain from a sprained thumb?

Ice it: Immobilize it with a splint. If pain persists make sure you see an orthopedist. ...Read more

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How long will a sprained thumb take to heal?

How long will a sprained thumb take to heal?

If routine, <6 wks: Most thumb sprains are from falling on an outstretched hand such as skiing or snow boarding. Most routine sprains are mild and respond to hand based splinting within 4-6 weeks. More severe sprains after 4 weeks tend to show no improvement. All of these injuries need an early x-ray to rule out a fracture. More severe sprains often need surgical attention as symptoms persist despite bracing. ...Read more

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What excersises can I do for a sprained thumb?

What excersises can I do for a sprained thumb?

Let it heal: 'Sprained thumbs' generally need a period of rest and immobilization ( thumb 'spica' splint) for a couple of weeks for healing of the 'stretched' ligaments before you exersise. See your primary care physician . Good Luck! ...Read more