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Sprained Thumb Hand Physiotherapy
commonly known as
- Goalkeeper's Thumb
- Skier's Thumb
- Basketballer's Thumb
a sprained thumb
is a common cause of thumb injury, pain and swelling.
Why it was called Goalkeeper's thumb as usually it's a thumb that many goalkeepers have,
as the balls flying towards the goal/them may hit on their thumbs. Skiers also get this similar injury from the use of the ski sticks that gets jammed in the snow/objects, yanking the thumb backwards.
Sprained thumbs refers to a damage to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), which can
mean partial or full tear (see image below)
This injury is not exclusive to skiers or goalkeepers and can happen to
anyone where the is enough force applied to the thumb backways that moves the
thumb as far as possible from the hand. Some of our patients have gotten this injury by falling and getting their thumb caught in a joint/shirt too.
Sprained Thumb Symptoms
Mild sprains, patients may feel
In a severe case of a sprained thumb, you will often notice immediate
thumb swelling and bruising that increases from the moment you injured
your thumb. In some cases, the affected area may even turn
bluish-purplish in color (see original image at the beginning of article).
For people who has sprained thumbs for
more than three (3) months ago and if the thumb strength, stability and function hadn't returned 100% (termed as chronic), you may find that when
you feel and palpate the joint, you may find thickening of the joint.
joint may feel more loose or lax, unstable, when compared to the
other non-injured thumb joint; and you may find increased difficulties when pinching
or manipulating small objects between the thumb and index finger.
Sprained Thumb Hand Physiotherapy treatment
Our senior hand therapist will first do an indepth thumb and hand assessment on your sprained thumb, to check its range of motion, function, pain score, injury severity.
If the thumb joint is very unstable, we may need to prescribe a custom-made thumb and wrist splint to protect the torn thumb ligament, which needs to be worn a minimum of 6 - 12 weeks to prevent aggravation of the injury and encourage the torn parts to connect and heal well.
the early phase of therapy, we will focus on
- stabilizing the injury
with the splinting
- cold therapy to decrease the swelling and
- ultrasound therapy to accelerate soft tissue healing
- protected/gentle mobilization to prevent adhesions and encourage gliding of delicate thumb and hand structures
the injury is less acute, then our senior hand therapists will gradually
- introduce more active ranging exercises
- progressive strengthening
- aim for 100% range of motion, strength and stability
A dedicated senior physiotherapist and hand therapist
program will likely help you to resolve your sprained thumb condition
within six (6) to twelve (12) weeks.
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Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
(sprains and fractures) and fingers, and requires Hand Therapy to increase the function of their hand
following injuries or post-operations as well as custom made hand splints.
Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes
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It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which
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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
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- shorten downtime / recovery period required
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
Done regularly, it will keeps your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence. Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.
All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).
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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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