How do you know if you need surgery for a sprained thumb?
You may need surgery if your UCL is torn or if a splint or cast doesn’t help. This surgery can repair or reattach the ligament and any tissue or bones that may have been fractured or torn out of the joint when you injured your thumb.
Do I need surgery for a sprained thumb?
Surgery may be necessary if it appears that the ligament injury will not heal properly in the injured position. Surgery involves reattachment of the ligament to the bone. After surgery, the thumb ligament healing process takes about six to eight weeks.
Should you go to the hospital for a sprained thumb?
If you suspect you have a fracture or have evidence of a severe sprain, you should seek immediate medical attention. This would include a complete inability to range the thumb irrespective of pain.
How long does a severely sprained thumb take to heal?
A sprained thumb can be treated with a brace or cast and will likely take 3-6 weeks to fully heal. If your sprain is severe, you may need surgery. Every patient is different, so visit a hand surgeon to determine the best treatment for your injury.
How can you tell if a thumb is fractured?
Symptoms of a fractured thumb include:
- Severe pain at the fracture site.
- Limited or no ability to move the thumb.
- Extreme tenderness.
- A misshapen or deformed look to the thumb.
- Numbness or coldness in the thumb.
What hand injuries require surgery?
Additional hand conditions that may require surgery include: abnormally shaped fingers or hands, amputations, ganglion cysts, DeQuervain’s disease, dupuytren’s contracture, flexor tendon injuries, fractures, lacerations, mallet finger, missing fingers, nailbed injuries, polydactyly (extra fingers), reflex sympathetic …
Does a torn ligament in your hand require surgery?
Hand ligament injuries seldom need surgery unless a fracture has also occurred. In many cases, conservative treatments such as splinting or casting the injured wrist/hand and taking anti-inflammatory medications are sufficient.
Should I go to the doctor if my thumb hurts?
See your doctor as soon as possible if you have finger pain but it is not an emergency, such as severe pain or you have trouble moving your finger. You should also see a doctor promptly if you have an infection that isn’t going away or is worsening.