What is the fastest way to heal a dislocated thumb?

What is the fastest way to heal a dislocated thumb?

Management and Treatment

  1. Protection: Wear a thumb spica splint for a few days to help immobilize the injured area.
  2. Resting your hand: Avoid using your affected hand for at least 48 hours after your initial injury.
  3. Icing your thumb: Apply ice to your affected thumb and hand as soon as possible after the injury.

What do you do for a dislocated thumb?

Put ice or a cold pack on your thumb for 10 to 20 minutes at a time. Try to do this every 1 to 2 hours for the next 3 days (when you are awake) or until the swelling goes down. Put a thin cloth between the ice and your skin. Prop up your hand on a pillow when you ice it or anytime you sit or lie down.

Should you wrap a dislocated thumb?

Wear a compression bandage or thumb support to protect the joint and help reduce swelling. This should be worn all the time during the acute phase. Later in the rehabilitation stage, a more specific taping or thumb splint support to prevent the thumb bending backward may be more beneficial.

How can I stabilize my thumb at home?

Mild thumb sprains will usually improve with home treatment that includes the RICE protocol:

  1. Rest. Try not use your hand for at least 48 hours.
  2. Ice. Apply ice immediately after the injury to keep the swelling down.
  3. Compression. Wear an elastic compression bandage to reduce swelling.
  4. Elevation.

How do you tape a dislocated thumb?

Position your thumb against your palm and push your hand toward your ulna bone. Place the tape over the knuckle of the thumb and up your arm. With a 2-inch wide kinesiology tape, place it perpendicularly over the wrist but do not wrap it completely around the wrist.

Can you still move your thumb if it’s dislocated?

Do not attempt to move the finger bone back into its joint; a qualified healthcare professional must do this. Trying to relocate the finger bone without proper training can make the injury worse and cause additional pain and swelling.

How do I treat a dislocated thumb?

In addition to thumb splints and wrist braces, ice therapy may also help in treating dislocated thumb injuries. Cold therapy is the basic treatment you can do at home. Simply apply a cold compress using an ice pack on the injured area.

How do you fix a dislocated finger that won’t move?

Treating a Dislocated Finger Notice if your injured finger is abnormally bent, painful, and won’t move. A dislocated finger won’t move because it’s out of its joint. Remove any jewelry from your dislocated finger. As soon as your finger has popped out of joint, it may begin to swell. Apply ice to your dislocated finger to reduce swelling.

How long does a dislocated thumb take to heal?

The answer depends on the damage sustained to the joints and ligaments. Some dislocated thumb injuries take one to two weeks of healing time, while others take six weeks for a full recovery. While waiting for a full recovery, know the do’s and don’ts to speed up the healing process.

What kind of joint can be dislocated in the thumb?

There are three different joints in the thumb that can be dislocated, depending on where and how impact occurs. The interphalangeal (IP) joint is the most distal joint in the thumb. This kind of thumb injury is rare when compared to an MCP joint injury (see below).