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Why can't I bend my thumb following distal radius fracture?

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Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Possible injury

Inability to bend or extend your thumb after a distal radius fracture may be the result of tendon injury.
It would be best to be seen by your Orthopaedic surgeon for an examination.

In brief: Possible injury

Inability to bend or extend your thumb after a distal radius fracture may be the result of tendon injury.
It would be best to be seen by your Orthopaedic surgeon for an examination.
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
Dr. Rahul Banerjee
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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Tendons to the thumb

cross over the radius and can be irritated and painful when there is a distal radius fracture.
the thumb tendon that raises the thumb can be prone to rupture also. the thumb muscle that flexes the tip originates on the radius and surgery can disturb it transiently. Speak to your surgeon

In brief: Tendons to the thumb

cross over the radius and can be irritated and painful when there is a distal radius fracture.
the thumb tendon that raises the thumb can be prone to rupture also. the thumb muscle that flexes the tip originates on the radius and surgery can disturb it transiently. Speak to your surgeon
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Dr. Teddy Atik
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Stiffness

when the wrist is immobilized everything gets stiff including the thumb in addition to the swelling and scarring that happens

In brief: Stiffness

when the wrist is immobilized everything gets stiff including the thumb in addition to the swelling and scarring that happens
Dr. Teddy Atik
Dr. Teddy Atik
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Dr. Gregory Krivchenia
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Need more info

Before answering question, need to know what type of fracture and how it was treated.

In brief: Need more info

Before answering question, need to know what type of fracture and how it was treated.
Dr. Gregory Krivchenia
Dr. Gregory Krivchenia
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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Varies

There are a number of possibilities.
Sometimes the cast itself is preventing flexion, sometimes it can be a sign of a nerve or tendon injury. Make sure your surgeon is aware.

In brief: Varies

There are a number of possibilities.
Sometimes the cast itself is preventing flexion, sometimes it can be a sign of a nerve or tendon injury. Make sure your surgeon is aware.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Thumb

You may have incurred a nerve injury when you fractured your thumb.
See a hand specialist for help

In brief: Thumb

You may have incurred a nerve injury when you fractured your thumb.
See a hand specialist for help
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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