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Don’t Let a Thumb Injury Keep You on the Sidelines!

Thumb Injury Sidelines

Thumb Injury Have You on the Sidelines?

It’s so easy to feel sidelined after sustaining a thumb injury – sidelined from your daily tasks and your favorite activities. A thumb injury can impact many things you normally do each day.

The good news is that there are ways to minimize the impact of a thumb injury. Take the necessary steps to recover so that you can get off the sidelines and back to your life.

Get Rest – How Long Does a Thumb Injury Take to Heal?

  • The hardest thing, but easily the most important thing for you to do when you’re recovering from any hand or wrist injury, is to let the injured area rest. Like with any injury, the healing time will vary depending on which thumb injury you have and how severe the injury is.
  • A mild thumb sprain may only need a few weeks to recuperate while a broken thumb may take up to a few months to heal properly.
  • The good news is that many of the mild to moderate thumb injuries no longer call for a cast in order to heal, but most patients find that using a wrist brace is enough to keep their thumb immobile while they heal without the inconvenience and bulk of a standard plaster cast.

Get Moving Sooner – What Can You Do to Heal Faster?

  • Give yourself at least 2 weeks to let the injury rest, applying cold compresses as needed to help with the swelling and discomfort.
  • This should give you a huge head start on healing: letting your tendons, ligaments, bones, and nerve endings heal and get ready to let you do all the activities you have been waiting to do.
  • It may seem frustrating at times, but after these two weeks are up, you should be able to resume doing small tasks, and over the course of another two to three weeks, you should be able to get back to nearly all of the things you’ve been sidelined from doing.

Get the Best Results – How Important is the Healing Time?

  • While it’s common for my patients to get frustrated while healing, this time is needed to let the bones properly align, let the tendons and ligaments mend, and just give the area the time it needs to recover.
  • After all, the last thing you want is to have the area not heal properly and require more down time from you to facilitate the healing process.

So take these simple tips and get off the sidelines and back to your life as quickly as possible.

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Thumb Injury Making You All Thumbs?

Thumb Injury 101

A thumb injury is difficult to recover from. It is interesting to not how much we use our hands/thumbs each day. From tasks big to small, we don’t even think about the role our thumbs play. Our thumbs give us the ability to grasp objects. They allow us to drive a car. Our thumbs help us sign our name. The list of tasks we do thanks to our thumbs is virtually endless.

Did you know?

  • Did you know that 1 in 6 injuries treated in the E.R. are injuries to the hand or wrist including the thumb?
  • Thumb injuries can and do vary.
  • No one is really immune to this injury. Athletes and active people can sustain a thumb injury.
  • A jammed thumb or a thumb sprain happens when the thumb is bent back. This can happen when you brace yourself from a fall. It can also occur when the thumb is struck by a solid object.
  • A thumb strain is more often found in people that do repetitive motion. This occurs over an extended period of time.
  • A broken thumb is often caused by a closed fist striking a hard, immovable object.
  • Gamekeeper’s Thumb is an injury where the UCL is torn. This happens at the base of the thumb. This injury is named for a common sport’s injury. The gamekeepers often suffered from this injury at the time it was medically discovered. Now, it is very common among skiers. This is due to how they use/grip their hands.
  • Virtually anyone can suffer from a thumb injury. The bones in the wrist and hand are so fragile. It’s a wonder there aren’t injuries to the thumb more often.

Did You Know – Part 2?

A few basic steps can have you feeling better after a thumb injury. Much of the healing is basic common sense. Still, it never hurts to brush up on basic first aid. This will help you manage a thumb injury.

  • First – Swelling will be the most noticeable and problematic issue to deal with. If you have any type of thumb injury, treating the swelling should be your first priority. Ice the swollen area for 15-20 minutes every hour, until you can see the swelling go down.
  • Second – Take an over-the-counter pain reliever to help manage the pain.
  • Third – See a doctor. This will ensure that there aren’t any broken bones or fractures.
  • Fourth and final tip – Get a good wrist brace with thumb support (thumb spica), to help speed the healing.

If not properly treated, thumb injuries can often lead to early onset arthritis. It’s best to treat any thumb injury as soon as possible. Follow all of the treatment options prescribed by your physician. Now, you aren’t all thumbs but you are thumb injury savvy!

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Jammed Thumb? Thumbs Up to the Best Treatment!

Jammed Thumb

A jammed thumb can happen so quickly. Fortunately, the steps for a “thumbs up” treatment of this injury are really simple.

 

Accidents Happen

  • Isn’t it amazing how little it takes to cause this injury? It only takes a bit of pressure at the wrong angle.
  • Now, you’ve got extreme swelling. Your thumb feels like it’s on fire. In fact, it causes you a considerable amount of pain.
  • A jammed thumb is often caused by a slip and fall accident. This is where you land on an outstretched hand.
  • It can also be caused by a sports accident. This is due to the fact that your thumbs are often exposed.

 

Lessen the Pain Quickly

  • To lessen the pain of a jammed thumb, my best advice is to ice the injury as soon as possible.
  • This should cause noticeable relief. Here’s why: swelling causes much of the pain. Swelling presses on nerves.
  • The sooner you use an ice pack the better. You can reduce the swelling. This will relieve pressure to the nerves in your thumb.
  • Apply an ice pack for 15-20 minutes every hour. Continue this until you notice the swelling substantially decreases.
  • Do not try to move the thumb.

 

Best Treatment for a Jammed Thumb

  • The best course of treatment involves a few small components. All but one you already have at your disposal.
  • First, is to use the ice pack that I mentioned above.
  • Also, an over the counter pain reliever will help with the two main problems – pain and swelling.
  • Next, I would recommend getting checked out by your doctor.
  • I also recommend buying a well made wrist brace that includes a thumb spica. That will support your jammed thumb and keep it from moving. This will help you heal faster.

 

Recovery from a Jammed Thumb

  • Recovering requires a lot of rest for your jammed thumb.
  • After several weeks, you should be back to normal.
  • As always, see a doctor for any concerns you might have while healing.
  • Always apply an ice pack to a jammed thumb for the most immediate relief. This is also true for other injuries to the hand, wrist, fingers, and thumb.

 

Being able to manage the pain and swelling is key on your road to recovery. I’ll give that a big thumbs up!

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