Dislocated Thumb :(

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    Feb 11, 2012 5:08 AM GMT
    So, today my bf hit me on my left hand by accident specifically my thumb and it totally dislocated, I moved it back in place in an automatic reaction to the pain. This is has never happened to me before so Im kinda lost in how to treat a dislocation. My thumb does not hurt as long as I dont move it but the area where it dislocated is swollen and it hurts bad if I even try to move it.

    Should I just immobilize it and wait for it to heal on its own?
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    Feb 11, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    Ehm, go see a doctor bout it ASAP, cariƱo...
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    Feb 11, 2012 6:21 AM GMT
    I say you should get it checked in case it's broken. I broke my thumb really badly a couple years ago. Had the same reactions, no pain unless it moved and it was ridiculously swollen. It was such a bad break that I went through a couple of surgeries, spent months with five correcting pins in my thumb, and had to do some minor physical therapy exercises. So yeah, get x rays and stuff.
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    Feb 11, 2012 2:10 PM GMT
    Mine has been broken since november and I still can't shake anyone's hand. You can cast it. Dislocation isn't that bad Charlitos ;)
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    Feb 11, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    Is it red, warm, painful and swollen? Then it is inflamed and you should see your doctor for anti inflammatory drugs.
    You should also get an X-ray of your hand to see if you corrected the dislocation properly and wether there is a fracture or not.

    In short visit your physician/go to an emergency department
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    Feb 11, 2012 3:31 PM GMT
    If you actually did in fact dislocate your thumb (which, by the mechanism seems kinda unlikely, but not impossible), you need to see a hand surgeon within 1-2 weeks (preferrably when the swelling has gone down in 3 days if you keep your hand elevated 24 hours a day). The best case scenario is that you've just mildly sprained the thumb ligaments as it'll go away. The worst case scenario is that you've got a fracture dislocation with rupture of your thumb ligaments that requires surgical repair, and delay of presentation reduces your chances of success.
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    Feb 13, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    bryanc_74 saidIf you actually did in fact dislocate your thumb (which, by the mechanism seems kinda unlikely, but not impossible), you need to see a hand surgeon within 1-2 weeks (preferrably when the swelling has gone down in 3 days if you keep your hand elevated 24 hours a day). The best case scenario is that you've just mildly sprained the thumb ligaments as it'll go away. The worst case scenario is that you've got a fracture dislocation with rupture of your thumb ligaments that requires surgical repair, and delay of presentation reduces your chances of success.


    ya I got a cast icon_sad.gif looks great on me icon_evil.gif
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    Feb 14, 2012 9:47 PM GMT
    Better than a cast covering pins sticking out of your skin icon_smile.gif