A thumb fracture is a serious problem. It affects the ability to grasp items. A broken thumb can increase the risk of arthritis later in life.
Cause & Symptoms
Thumb fractures are usually caused by direct stress, such as from a fall. A thumb fracture may happen when a ball catches and pulls the thumb back.
Some fractures may be caused indirectly, from twisting or muscle contractions, as occur in wrestling, hockey, football, and skiing. People with a history of bone disease or calcium deficiency are especially at risk.
The risk of a thumb fracture can be lessened by using protective taping, padding, or other equipment. Developing strength in the hands through exercise and proper nutrition can also provide some protection.
Severe pain at the fracture site
Limited or no ability to move the thumb
A misshapen or deformed look to the thumb
Numbness or coldness in the thumb
A doctor should be consulted as soon as possible if a thumb injury and suspected fracture has occurred.
A delay in treatment may make it more difficult to align the bones properly, due to continued swelling, and may lead to a poor outcome. A padded splint can be used to prevent the bone from moving farther out of alignment.
This is encouraged before treatment is finalized.
The physician will examine the injury, take a medical history, and order x-rays of the injury.
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