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Pain/Tenderness in thumb joint

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 17, 2011
  • 09:23 AM

About 2 months ago I injured my thumb - it got bent backwards after a slight slip I had and I placed my hand on the floor to brace myself. There was no swelling there was slight pain on movement and it was tender. I thought it was just a sprain as I had an x-ray done. There were no fractures. The doctors told me to immobilize it with a thumb splint and I wore it for about 6 weeks. It took quite a while for the tenderness/pain to subside however it hasn't gone away completely.

I've had a ct scan done and 2 ultrasounds looking at the MCP - thumb joint and the tendons and ligament around the area and along the palm. They said there are no torn ligament, fractures or ganglion cysts and there is no reason the joint should hurt.

I still feel slight pain when bending my thumb inwards - the pain is along the top and it feels tender occasionally. I still have full range of motion with the thumb though. What could be the cause? I'm worried because the first time I had an ultrasound done the tech said she noticed something abnormal in the joint but the actual report said nothing was wrong. I than had a second ultrasound done but that came back all clear.

Anyone could offer some insight as I am worried they are overlooking something.

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  • Hi, I am a physical therapist. I would ask for a referral to see a certified hand therapist. Even if your range of motion is normal, some of the mechanics of the thumb may be off. You also might have a limtation in strength that is contributing to your symptoms. The thumb is an extremely mobile joint that is used frequently. If you sustained a sprain, the ligament might have healed but the immobilization after may have caused associated weakness. For more information about thumb joint injuries you can visit: http://www.joint-pain-solutions.com/thumb-joint-pain.html Hope this helps. Good luck. ~JTrempe PT, ATC
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    • February 22, 2011
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