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How do you treat a bent back thumb?


  1. Rest. Try not use your hand for at least 48 hours.
  2. Ice. Apply ice immediately after the injury to keep the swelling down.
  3. Compression. Wear an elastic compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  4. Elevation. As often as possible, rest with your hand raised up higher than your heart.

What happens when your finger gets bent backwards?

When the finger is bent back too far, one or more of the collateral ligaments can also be torn. If the collateral ligaments are torn, there could be an increase in side-to-side movement of the joint. As the volar plate is stretched and torn, it may also pull off a small piece of bone.

How do you put your thumb back in place?

The bones may move back into place on their own or a doctor may gently put the joint back with a quick maneuver called a reduction. In some cases, surgery is needed to repair the joint. To keep the joint from dislocating again, a splint is put on the thumb (the splint might later be changed to a cast).

Can’t fully straighten thumb?

A contracture means that the thumb can no longer stretch or straighten. Tendons work to make our thumbs move. They are like strings inside your thumb and are held in place by a tunnel system of ligaments (also known as “pulleys”).

How do you treat a thumb hit by a hammer?

Immediate First Aid

  1. Ice it. Use an ice pack to reduce pain and swelling.
  2. Elevate it. 2 Letting your hand dangle at your side after smashing your finger will simply increase swelling and that uncomfortable throbbing.
  3. Use it.
  4. Take a pain reliever.

How long do finger ligaments take to heal?

Ligaments require from two to 10 weeks to heal. A small number of patients do experience complications such as re-injury, joint instability, arthritis, or inflammation where the ligament attaches to the bone.

How do you treat a dislocated thumb knuckle?

How can you care for yourself at home?

  1. Wear the splint day and night until your follow-up visit.
  2. Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
  3. Put ice or a cold pack on your thumb for 10 to 20 minutes at a time.
  4. Prop up your hand on a pillow when you ice it or anytime you sit or lie down.

What does a dislocated thumb knuckle look like?

You may have a dislocated finger if: your finger joint looks crooked or misshapen. your finger bone appears dislodged, such as sticking out to one side. you have swelling and bruising around the joint.

Why can’t my thumb bend back?

Trigger finger is a condition that affects one or more of the hand’s tendons, making it difficult to bend the affected finger or thumb. If the tendon becomes swollen and inflamed it can “catch” in the tunnel it runs through (the tendon sheath).

What is clasped thumb?

Congenital clasped thumb is also known as thumb-in-palm. It describes the position of the thumb being fixed in a bent position across the palm of the hand and that the thumb can only be straightened using another hand, i.e. the child cannot straighten the thumb using their own muscles.