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Why does my thumb joint keeps swelling after I pop it?

Why does my thumb joint keeps swelling after I pop it?

Injury: You are most likely causing a localized acute arthritis every time you pop your joint. I would certainly refrain from intentionally doing this and if it happens, apply ice, take Ibuprofen (if you can) and elevate it. See your doctor if concern. ...Read more

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Dr. David Schleimer
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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more


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Pain in thumb joint and lose of motion? Has been going on for 6+ weeks. Swelling a lot and a lot of pain.

Suggest Xray: Especially if you've had any trauma. There are several things that can cause something like this, but if you've had an injury, you would want to make sure that there isn't a certain kind of injury (skier's thumb with stener lesion) at the base of the thumb that if not fixed properly can result in long term problems. ...Read more

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I've had a cortisone injection in my thumb joint, four weeks ago i'm still in a lot of pain n swelling.

I've had a cortisone injection in my thumb joint, four weeks ago i'm still in a lot of pain n swelling.

Need follow up: Did the injection initially work? You may need another injection or different kind of intervention. ...Read more

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Distal phalanx pain in my thumb joint is swollen red & keeps popping & clicking sound when I bend it. Gotten worse over 5yrs what's wrong?

Distal phalanx pain in my thumb joint is swollen red & keeps popping & clicking sound when I bend it. Gotten worse over 5yrs what's wrong?

Trigger thumb?: Sounds like trigger finger (in this case trigger thumb). Often happens from overuse. Best to see a hand surgeon, who can give you a steroid injection. If it keeps coming back, you should consider surgery (which is a simple procedure and very effective). ...Read more

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I have pain in thumb joint(closest to nail). Pain on movement and touch, also there is a "popping/crackling" sound on touching joint. Now both hands ?

I have pain in thumb joint(closest to nail). Pain on movement and touch, also there is a "popping/crackling" sound on touching joint. Now both hands ?

Needs to be checked: Pain in both thumbs and popping cracking on touching suggest that there is inflammation and cause may be arthritis or something else if there is no history of trauma.It should be checked by your family doctor to make the proper diagnosis anr appropriate treatment.In the mean while you can take over the counter pain med like motrin if you are not allergic and do not have stomach ulcer ...Read more

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My thumb joint keeps cracking randomly (it doesn't matter if I'm doing any activity or whatever), how do I stop this from happening? Any excercises?

My thumb joint keeps cracking randomly (it doesn't matter if I'm doing any activity or whatever), how do I stop this from happening? Any excercises?

Joint cracking: Cracking sounds occur when a-bubbles form in joints as they are pulled apart, b-Rapid stretching of ligaments, and other possible etiologies. Old wive's tale of popping the joints, especially knuckles, leads to arthritis or other joint problems. However, medical research has so far failed to conclusively demonstrate any connection between knuckle cracking and long-term joint problems. ...Read more

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My thumb joint keeps hurting?

My thumb joint keeps hurting?

Thumb pain: Are you doing a repetitive activity that keeps irritating or adds pressure to your thumbs? Early side for arthritis. ...Read more

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Right thumb joint is fused. can it be made to bend?

Right thumb joint is fused.  can it be made to bend?

An ip Jtlw fusion: at the thumb tip or an MP joint fusion at the large knuckle typically cannot be taken down and made to move. However if you have had a fusion at the base of the thumb or what is called the CMC joint then at times that fusion and be removed and the thumb stabilized with some type of tendon transfer or inter-position and motion can be restored partially. There are many variables to consider first. ...Read more

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What do I do for thumb joint discomfort?

What do I do for thumb joint discomfort?

RICE: Rest, immobilization, cold and exersice. Thumb joint pain, especially at the base, is usually arthritis. I start with a brace and oral steroids and if pain persists, injections and therapy follow. If i can't relieve the pain and x-rays show arthritis, i will procede with arthroplasty. Surgery consists of removing the arthritic bone and replacing it with tendon. ...Read more

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What is causing my thumb joint to be painful, and itchy.

What is causing my thumb joint to be painful, and itchy.

Painful and itchy: There could be so many reasons for that. It hard to make a determination without taking a look. ...Read more

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Swollen pain red when pressed thumb joint causes?

Swollen pain red when pressed thumb joint causes?

Thumb pain: Infection, inflammation, foreign body reaction. Should have it evaluated as your thumb is very important to have. Don't wait. ...Read more

Dr. Stratos Christianakis
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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more