Having pain, swelling, bruising to your thumb? Suspect having sprained thumb? Many times, thumb sprains will result from sports injuries or falls. For example, skiing and basketball may result in thumb injuries. Or, you may fall and try to catch yourself, bending your thumb in an awkward position. Get your thumb checked today at our sprained Thumb Specialist Clinic for adults and children with our hand surgeon, Call or Whatsapp 64762106 for an appointment.
Dislocated thumb occurs when the ligaments (tendons) that connect the bones in the joint are injured. Ligaments keep your bones in place as the joint moves. The thumb has several ligaments that can help the joints in the thumb to function properly.
The ulnar collateral ligament is the ligament that experiences problems when the thumb of the hand is sprained. This ligament is located at the base of the thumb. Tears of this ligament can be very painful and may make the thumb unstable. Thumb ligament torn can also make it difficult for you to hold objects with your thumb and index finger.
Sprained Thumb Causes
Sprained thumb usually occur when the ligament supporting the thumb stretches beyond its limit, causing the ulnar collateral ligament to tear. The ligament tear usually occurs when the thumb pushes backwards, away from the palm. The thumb becomes sprained usually after falling with the outstretched hand. The thumb can also be sprained when doing sports that use your hands, such as volleyball, rugby, or basketball.
Sprained Thumb Symptoms
When you sprained your thumb, you will usually feel pain, discomfort, and stiffness at the base of your thumb near the palm of your hand. You may have difficulty picking up or grasping objects, or you may be barely able to move your thumb.
You will also experience swelling and bruising around the base of your thumb. The pain and swelling usually fades after a few weeks if you rest your thumb and apply ice to reduce the swelling.
Sprained Thumb Treatments
Immediately consult a doctor after experiencing an injury to your thumb. Leaving your thumb dislocated without any treatment can cause you to permanently lose function of your thumb.
At sprained thumb specialist clinic, we treat sprained thumb with Rest, Ice, sprained thumb brace, splints, medication, sprained thumb physiotherapy, surgery for severe cases.
Sprained Thumb Splints
Use athletic tape to keep your thumb attached to your index finger. This stops the thumb from moving so that the ligament isn’t damaged any further.
Sprained Thumb Spica
To treat a minor sprain, your doctor will have you wear a thumb spica splint or a cast to keep your thumb from moving. After about six weeks, the splint or cast is removed.
Sprained Thumb Physiotherapy
Your thumb will be stiff after not using it for six weeks, so your doctor will recommend sprained thumb physiotherapy to get back full control of your thumb. Repeat these exercises 8–12 times several times a day.
Sprained Thumb Surgery
You may need surgery if your ulnar collateral ligament torn or if a splint or cast doesn’t help. This surgery can repair or reattach the ligament and any tissue or bones that may have been fractured or torn out of the joint when you injured your thumb.
This surgery doesn’t take long. You should be able to go home the day of the procedure after general anesthesia has worn off. You’ll follow up with our sprained thumb specialist in about a week and will then need to wear a cast for three to four weeks.