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Getting Your Thumb Sprain Treated by a Hand Specialist

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Thumb sprains can be very painful. All you need to do is ask anyone who has experienced one, if you haven’t had one yourself. They commonly occur during sports activities. In fact, they are often referred to as “skiers thumb” because of a high occurrence of injuries while skiing. The combination of the way the hand is grasping the ski pole and the impact of the pole hitting the ground can easily jam the hand, causing a thumb strain. Sports like basketball create a high risk for these types of sprains as well. If the hand is turned in the wrong way while attempting to catch the ball, a strain can happen. Striking the thumb on the ground during a fall is another common cause of the injury.

A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which is what holds the bones together. In the case of a thumb sprain, the damage is usually to the ligaments that support the joint at the base of the thumb. It happens when an impact causes the thumb to move beyond its normal range of movement. It is usually a backward movement that causes the injury.

Symptoms of a thumb sprain include immediate pain at the time of the impact. This may be followed by things like swelling, and there may be some instability in the joint. It may be difficult to do activities that require gripping, like turning a door knob or holding a drinking glass.

Immediately after the injury, the thumb should be protected against further injury by taping it or using a support. Ice should be applied as soon as possible to help reduce swelling. These are immediate steps that are taken as basic first aid measures following the injury. In order to ensure that there is no permanent damage, and to make sure the best possible treatment is provided to promote healing, our experienced hand specialist at Arora Hand Surgery should be consulted.

One of the things that will be done when seeking treatment for a sprained thumb is the taking of X-rays. This will help to detect or rule out a fracture. If no fracture is present, our doctor will still continue to treat the thumb sprain.

Since your hands are necessary for just about everything you do, you will not want to take their care lightly when it comes to treating an injury. The hands, including the fingers and thumbs, consist of very complicated anatomy. For this reason, you deserve the best treatment you can get when you are trying to recover from an injury. The best way to receive this is to seek out a well-qualified hand specialist like Dr. Arora. It can make the difference in getting you back on the road to recovery.

Make an appointment at Arora Hand Surgery in Howell, West Bloomfield, Macomb, or Warren to learn more. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

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Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment of a Sprained Thumb

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Your thumb is an essential part of your hand. If you have a thumb injury, it means that grabbing things, holding items, and performing many normal daily tasks will be next to impossible. One of the most common types of injuries to the thumb is a sprain. Even though it might not sound serious, it can be. In fact, in some cases, it might even require surgery to repair.

What Is a Sprain?

A sprained thumb happens when you damage the ligament, which connects the thumb to the rest of the hand. The ligament is responsible for pinching and holding, and a sprain will weaken your ability to do these types of actions.

Sprains are often the result of falling. Most people will instinctively put their arms out in front of them when they fall, and they land on their outstretched and open hands. The impact can tear the ligament.

When the injury occurs, you might not realize that it is a sprain right away. Sometimes the pain comes quickly, but other times, it can take some time to set in. At that point, not only will you feel pain, but you will also find that your ability to move the thumb is greatly diminished. Often, you will notice swelling and bruising. The area around the thumb will also be tender when you touch it.

Should You See a Doctor?

For mild sprains, some people forego the doctor, but this could be a bad idea. Its often difficult for someone to determine just how bad a sprain might be. If you have more than a small tear in the ligament, it could cause instability and pain in the area for a long time. Its best to visit a doctor, who can then determine the extent of the injury and come up with a course of treatment.

When you visit the doctor, they will want to manipulate the thumb to see whether the ligament tear is complete or partial. They can move the thumb and test the stability, which will let them know how to proceed. Sometimes, they will also want to take an x-ray to determine if you have a fracture to any of the bones in the area.

For those who have partial tears, surgery will not be necessary. The doctor will usually recommend icing the sprain regularly, and may provide you with a splint or cast to keep the thumb in the proper position until it heals. They will likely want you to wear the cast for several weeks without removing it. After that point, you can remove the cast and do exercises to regain your strength and flexibility. When you are not exercising the thumb, you will still want to wear the splint for at least two to three weeks. Follow the doctors orders.

If the ligament is torn all the way, the doctor might recommend surgery to reconnect it to the bone. After the surgery, you will need to be in a cast for six to eight weeks as it heals.

If you have a sprain, or believe that you do, make sure you contact our hand surgeon’s office in West Bloomfield, Howell, Warren, or Macomb to get in touch with a medical professional as soon as possible. Its the best way to minimize the risk of permanent injury.

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A Look At Thumb Sprains

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Our thumbs are one of our greatest assets, and they allow our hands to perform an almost endless array of tasks and functions. Thumb sprains or other thumb injuries can immediately jeopardize our ability to use our hands to the fullest extent possible, and so there is no such thing as an insignificant or minor injury to the thumb. This is why you must never hesitate to head to a hand doctor if you feel you have sustained injury to any part of the hand, but especially the thumb.

We are often told that sprains are a minor issue, and so we don’t panic if someone says, “it is probably just a sprain.” This is not the best advice when it involves any part of the hand. The hand and wrist are a delicate balance of bones, nerves, cartilage, tendons, and other tissues, and if one small area is damaged, it offsets the rest of the hand. When you sprain your thumb, it is a very serious matter and should be dealt with immediately – even if it does not seem like a major issue.

Of course, we should understand what is meant by a “sprain” to better understand why a thumb sprain is serious.

Sprains Explained

Sprains are simply a tearing or over-stretching of the ligaments or tendons that connect muscle to bone. They happen when that limb or digit is put under extreme force or pressure, and is bent to an unnatural degree. In the case of the thumb, a sprain is often due to falling or sports injuries.

For example, we may fall and jam the thumb into the ground or another resistant surface. This forces the thumb into an unnatural position, often an extreme one. Not only do we feel immediate pain, but it also usually puts too much pressure on two main ligaments in the thumb – the ulnar collateral and/or the radial collateral ligaments.

These stabilize and support the movement of the thumb joint and when they are sprained, they prevent you from moving the thumb comfortably, smoothly, and without pain. There is often immediate swelling, and this is a key indicator that you must get to a doctor. (, 2015)

Diagnosing and Treating Thumb Sprains

Your hand doctor is going to X-ray the hand to be sure that there are no broken bones, and they will then do a few tests to determine which ligaments are damaged, and to what extent.

The treatment can range from casting or splinting, but if the ligaments have been torn, they tend to require surgery to reattach them properly, and in some cases a reconstruction may be required. Should you delay in seeking treatment, surgery is often the only remedy for what is known as a “chronic” sprain injury. This is often accompanied by weakness of the hand and pain when attempting to use the thumb.

Don’t delay if you sustain a sharp force or falling injury to your thumb. The faster a sprain is dealt with, the better the long-term outcome for this essential digit.

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Dr. Aroras office from my first call to schedule my appointment was friendly. Walking in the first day, I felt like I was in a nice atmosphere. Dr. Arora was EXCELLENT in taking great care of my hand injury. He was gentle and very understanding to the concerns I had about my hand. His expertise was admirable and I would recommend anyone with an injury to their hand to his office to be under his care. Because of him, I have healed faster than expected and will make an 100% recovery! Thank you Dr.

Jackie S.

I first thought I was going to have to have painful injections or surgery, but Dr. Arora suggested physical therapy may do the trick. I was doubtful, but I agreed to do it. Now, my pain is gone, and with the help of an ergonomic keyboard at work to keep my hands in the correct position, I am virtually pain free. The therapy strengthened my wrists and shoulders, and built more flexibility into my wrists.

Jerry T.

My experience with this doctor was positive from the outset. Dr. Arora was kind and spent a great deal of time with me. Staff was friendly. The office was nice and bright.

Ariel G.

Very friendly and helpful Great staff!!! Doctor Arora was very professional and did great work. I was very happy with everything!

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