I am inquiring on behalf of my 23 yr old son, who injured his thumb when he was around 16 or 17. He was playing football, and the thumb on his right hand was bent back towards his forearm. It was sore for a week or so, he assumed it was a sprain. Eventually the pain subsided and he didn't pay much attention to it.
However, as time has gone by, he's reinjured it, it is very susceptible to painful flare ups if he is playing sports. Last week someone tightly shook his hand and it was very painful. The pain is located at the base of the thumb, between the thumb and index finger.
I appears this is a problem that is going to need medical attention in order to properly heal once and for all.
Unfortunately he doesn't have insurance, so I am asking for some opinions and insights here. My questions:
Where do we start? I was thinking an appointment with an orthopedist, which I expect that could cost $200 or more.
I'm also guessing an MRI will be needed. True?
I know I haven't provided a lot of information, but what does it sound like this injury is? My son thinks it's a tendon injury.
Do they do arthroscopic surgery for something like this?
I imagine dollar signs in the $3,000 range if not higher, which will be out of pocket. Thanks to any who can point us in the right direction!!