Fractured Thumb – Treatment or Surgery of
The thumb allows us to pinch and grasp objects by opposing the remaining fingers. It is composed of two bones and has a specialized attachment to the remaining hand that offers improved strength and mobility.
Thumb fractures (medical term for a ‘broken’ bone) are often caused by direct stress, as in the case of a fall. In other instances, the thumb can be pulled violently from the remaining fingers, as may occur in altercations or with sports. Unfortunately, it is difficult to know if the bone is fractured for sure.
Signs of a fractured thumb include deformed appearance, tenderness, swelling, and bruising. Contrary to popular belief, people can often move a thumb, even if it is broken. Diagnosis of a thumb fracture usually involves an X-ray to quantify damage to bones and ligaments. Treatment varies widely based on several factors. These include time since the injury, location of the fracture, involvement of joints, and patient health and occupation.
Generally, if priority is given to pain and stability, patients regain optimal satisfaction and function. Although care is often best when administered early after injury, many patients can have dramatic improvement with neglected injuries as well.
Contact us if you are experiencing thumb pain and suspect a fracture.