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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