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Will Cast Thumb
Thumb surgery: Some times you would need a cast after thumb surgery. Some times a protective dressing would be adequate. Your surgeon would be the one that i would take advice from as he/she will know how much protection and for how long it will be required following your particular surgery. Good luck. ...Read more
Yes: If you can, yes. The injury that caused the thumb to need a removable cast may be made worse by some thumb positions. Making sure that your thumb maintains the neutral positions during sleep is beneficial in most cases. However, if it really bothers you and you can't sleep wearing it, then sleep trumps the thumb. ...Read more
Months: It can hurt for months. It is critical to make sure it is completely healed before resuming full activities. ...Read more
Not effective: Over the counter splints give rise to some support and protection and work well for overuse and soft tissue inflammatory injuries. However a fracture requires reduction, either open or closed, and then a well molded cast applied by the treating physician. Casts are fabricated specifically for the injury or fracture being treated. ...Read more
I've had a cast on my thumb for 6 weeks and a brace for 4 weeks after that and my thumb never healed from the torn ligament and still hurts. What can ?
If the ligament was-: -on the little finger side @ the base of the thumb, known as the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpal-phalangeal, it is possible that it was displaced by the injury & when it clicks back into place, the ligament may B blocked from its origin & B trapped behind the adductor muscle preventing it from healing. An exam by MRI will make this diagnosis @ the onset. ...Read more
My daughter was diagnosis with a broken scaphoid, 6 weeks after a gymnastics injury. Put her in a thumb spica cast, but her thumb and index finger are numb.
Son had a pollicization @ index f. Cast off 1/7. Cast is loose now, thumb has gone inside a little bit. His hospital is closed til weds. What do I do?
Let doctor know!: Most likely, the swelling has gone down causing the cast to be loose. It's probably okay to leave it like this until the doctor is back in the office since the cast is coming off soon, but i prefer to know if my patients are having any concerns! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers