Sprained Thumb – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Allmon provides complete diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic conditions affecting the hand as well as wrist. He has extensive experience in treating thumb injuries such as sprains, strains, fractures etc.

Sprained Thumb

Any damage in the ligaments, cartilage or joint capsule of the thumb can cause a Sprained Thumb. Certain movements can lead to overstretching or compression of the thumb joints. The excessive force can damage the cartilage or tear the connective tissues surrounding the joint.

Causes Of Sprained Thumb

  • Ball sports such as basketball, netball etc.
  • Excessive backward or forward bending of the thumb
  • Collision with other player during tackling in contact sports or martial arts
  • Abnormal landing or fall during skiing
  • Repetitive strain or overuse of thumb

Symptoms Of Sprained Thumb

  • Pain and weakness in the thumb
  • Tenderness and stiffness
  • Snapping or popping sound can be heard at the time of injury
  • Swelling, bruising and skin discoloration

Symptoms may worsen with activities such as lifting heavy objects, texting, cooking or other similar household activities
In severe cases, the thumb may get dislocated

Diagnosis Of Sprained Thumb

The orthopedic doctor may conduct a detailed physical examination of the thumb to determine the extent of damage. Imaging tests such as X-ray may be performed to determine if the bones of the thumb and hand are broken. An MRI scan may reveal all the ligaments clearly and show the exact nature of injury.

Treatment For Sprained Thumb

  • RICE: The RICE principle corresponds to Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. The patient must give ample rest to the injured hand and tape the thumb to protect it from further injury. Application of ice packs for the first 2-3 days may be useful in reducing the swelling and other painful symptoms. Wearing a compression bandage or support can also help in bringing down the inflammation. Elevating the hand to a comfortable position can also provide relief.
  • Medication: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed by the doctor to lessen the pain and inflammation.
  • Exercises: Hand therapy balls can be utilized to improve strength and dexterity of the thumb. Grip and thumb strengthening devices may also aid in restoring normal strength.
  • Surgery: Surgery may be recommended in case of complete rupture of the ligament. In certain instances, the ruptured ligament may get tangled in the soft tissue at the base of the thumb.

Dr. Allmon provides effective treatment for Sprained Thumb and orthopedic conditions affecting the hand/wrist. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in Carrollton, TX, call at (972) 492 – 1334.