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What's The Difference Between A Broken Or Sprain Thumb
Alot: A sprained thumb is a soft tissue injury of the ligaments about one or more of the joints of the thumb a broken thumb is a fracture of one or more of the three bones of the thumb unless a ligament is completely torn usually sprains do not require and surgery depending on the fracture configuration and location a fracture may require surgery.See 1 more doctor answer
-R used interchangeably. They refer 2 injuries 2 mucles & ligaments. 3 degrees: 1=tweaked or hurts but no harm no foul, 2=damage 2 the structure with some bleeding & prolonged pain, but with ice, time, rest, & activity modification they heal over a few weeks, 3=a complete disruption such as an ACL tear. If this happens in a muscle body, there's no repair available, painful, ...Read more
Hard vs Soft Tissue!: A fracture involves hard tissue - i.e. Bones. A strain, or sprain involves soft tissues - muscles, ligaments, tendons, or cartilages. A fracture is often treated by immobilzation in a splint or a cast. Soft tissue injuries usually respond to cold compresses initially, and then changing to warm compresses and movement therapies. Xrays and bone scans for bones. Mris for bones and soft tissues.See 2 more doctor answers
By X-ray: Have an x-ray done.Get a more detailed answer ›
How do I tell the difference between a hyperextended thumb and a sprained thumb I hurt it playing vball & now hurts when pressure is being applied
Microtear v. partial: A Grade 1 is the most minor type of ligament sprain, and usually implies microtears. A Grade 2 means a partial tear and is a more significant injury. The final type is a Grade 3 which means a full-thickness tear. Symptoms and signs tend to be higher (more pain, dysfunction, swelling) with Grade 2 over Grade 1.
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.
Depends...: This depends on the severity of your injury. Minor sprains should resolve in a few weeks and more severe sprains can take a few months. Immobilization and anti-inflammatories will help encourage healing.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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!
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.
Depends: Classic ligaments sprains are graded mild, moderate and severe suggesting healing in 2-4 wks, 4-6 wks, and 2-3 months. Nonetheless there might be a fracture or ligament instability that might not heal. It should be checked.
Stress X-ray: An test called a stress X-ray is usually performed to determine this. Basically a stress is applied across the joint in question, and if the joint opens up it implies disruption if the joint and probable instability.
Immobilize: Rest ice nsaids give it a few days the come out of it and start moving it. If it is not getting better or if there is a deformity see your doc.
How long will it take for my sprained thumb to heal and what can I do to make it heal faster or feel better?
It depends: Where does your thumb hurt? How did you injure it? There are many factors that go into how long it will take for your thumb to feel better. Without specifically knowing your diagnosis, it is hard to say how long it will take to heal, or even if it will heal. I would suggest that you see a hand surgeon to have your thumb examined.See 2 more doctor answers
What are the symptoms of a grade 2 rcl sprain in the thumb? It's been 7 weeks since I fell and haven't been to the dr yet.
Moderate sprain.: A grade 1 RCL sprain is mild & not associated with loss of the thumb MCP joint stability. A grade 2 sprain usually involves a lot of pain & swelling. There could be bruising around the thumb & possible laxity of the joint. A grade 3 sprain can be very painful, & there is complete disruption of the joint, leading to joint instability. See a doctor for proper Dx & Rx of your thumb sprain.
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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