How long does it take for sprained thumb to heal?
If you delay treatment for too long, it’s possible that damage to your thumb could be permanent. 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.
Should I go to the ER for a sprained thumb?
When to go to the ER for a Sprained or Broken Thumb Seek emergency care if signs of a Grade 3 sprain or a fracture are visible through the skin and/or if you’ve lost your range of motion. A bone fracture will need to be realigned and immobilized by a cast, while a torn ligament will require surgery for reattachment.
How do you rehab a sprained thumb?
Thumb IP flexion
- Place your forearm and hand on a table with your affected thumb pointing up.
- With your other hand, hold your thumb steady just below the joint nearest your thumbnail.
- Bend the tip of your thumb downward, then straighten it.
- Repeat 8 to 12 times.
How long does a Grade 1 thumb sprain take to heal?
How long does it take to recover from a sprained thumb? A mild sprain should heal in about six weeks if you wear a splint or cast and do rehabilitation exercises. A more serious sprain may take several months to heal before you regain most of your thumb’s function again, especially if you had UCL surgery.
Should you exercise a sprained thumb?
Ligaments are strong bands of tis- sue that connect one bone to another. doing exercises to strengthen your thumb during the healing process. Your health care provider will recommend that your sprained thumb be splinted for 1 to 4 weeks after your injury.
Can you still move your thumb if it’s dislocated?
People who suspect they have dislocated their finger should seek immediate medical attention. While waiting for help or heading to a clinic, it is important not to move the damaged finger or thumb. Applying ice to the finger may help to reduce pain and swelling.
How do you treat a sprained thumb NHS?
Rest – stop any exercise or activities and try not to put any weight on the injury. Ice – apply an ice pack (or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a tea towel) to the injury for up to 20 minutes every 2 to 3 hours. Compression – wrap a bandage around the injury to support it.