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Various Thumb Injuries

Often, a thumb is injured as a result of a fall or other situation where the thumb is subjected to an extreme force that pulls it away from the palm. Ligaments that normally hold the thumb bones in position at a joint can be stretched or torn, causing an injury that can range from a mild strain to total dislocation of a thumb joint, particularly the joint at the base of the thumb.

After suffering a thumb injury, you should consider consulting your medical practitioner for a proper diagnosis. You should definitely make an appointment, or visit the emergency room if your symptoms are severe, if any of the following apply to you:
  • You can see that the thumb is deformed, or the swelling is severe.
  • After you have rested the thumb for an hour, it still hurts.
  • You are unable to bend the thumb completely.
  • When you try to move your thumb, the pain is extreme.
  • You experience any numbness or weakness in your hand or arm.
  • When you try to make a pinching motion, your thumb feels weak at the base.
Any of the above could indicate a serious injury that will need medical treatment. Your doctor will examine your thumb, and may order X-rays to determine the type and level of injury. Your treatment will depend on the findings, but will often include immobilizing the thumb for a length of time.
Before your appointment, you can take the following measures to relieve pain and swelling:
  • Rest the thumb by immobilizing it. You can splint it with tape or rest your hand in a sling. Preventing movement will decrease the risk of further damage and allow the injured soft tissues to begin healing.
  • Ice will help to reduce inflammation and swelling, which in turn will relieve pain. Hold a bag of crushed ice (wrapped in a towel) against the injured area for as long as is comfortable, several times a day for the first two or three days after the injury.
  • Elevate the thumb above the level of the heart. This will help to minimize swelling.
  • Take over-the-counter pain medication, according to the directions on the pack.
Your doctor may recommend that you wear a thumb stabilizer or spica while your thumb heals. Thumb ligaments are notoriously vulnerable to re-injury, so using a stabilizer or spica can be a sensible precaution to take. Although they wrap around the wrist and extend up the thumb, holding the base of the thumb securely, they do allow you to use the rest of your hand normally. Velcro fastenings on the wrist and thumb adjust for comfort and support.

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BORT SellaDur® |post-traumatic | post-operative | sprain | contusion | ligament lesions | (skiers thumb) | immobilization in the case of rheumatic-inflammatory processes (rhizarthrosis)| L3923 |
BORT SellaDur®
Our Price: $36.99

The Bort SellaDur brace is an extremely durable and comfortable brace that provides immobilization of the thumb. The SellaDur comes with a sleeve for additional comfort to wear underneath.

OrthoAmerica Wrist Hand Thumb Orthosis
Orthomerica Wrist Hand Thumb Orthosis
Our Price: $41.00

The OrthoAmerica Wrist Hand Thumb Orthosis is anatomically shaped of low density polyethylene with closed-cell foam lining. Tongue is rigid yet comfortable for most traumatic, post-surgical, or longer term rehabilitation applications.
BORT SOFT Thumb Splint short | Postoperatively | post-traumatic | degenerative | inflammatory | arthritis | osteoarthritis of the metacarpophalangeal joint | sprain | L3999 |
BORT SOFT Thumb Splint short
Our Price: $45.99

The Bort Soft Thumb Splint Short is designed for immobilization of the thumb base joint

BORT SellaFix® K | post-traumatic | post-operative sprain | contusion | ligament lesions (skiers thumb) | immobilization |
BORT SellaFix® K
Our Price: $52.99

The Bort SellaFix K brace provides immobilization of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb. The brace is fully lined with padded straps and adjustable velcro fastening for an easy comfortable wear.

BORT SellaTex® | Pre-operative | post-traumatic | post-operative | after thumb ligament reconstruction | immobilization in the case of rheumatic-inflammatory processes (rhizarthrosis)| degenerative diseases  | such as carpal tunnel syndrome | L3908 |
BORT SellaTex®
Our Price: $57.99

The BORT SellaTex® Wrist brace was designed to provide additional immobilization of the thumb while stabilizing the wrist. This brace features a Stabilo®-strap, and is designed the to fully open making it easy and comfortable to wear.

BORT SellaTex® Rigid Thumb Wrist Support Kids | Pre-operative | post-traumatic | post-operative | thumb ligament reconstruction | immobilization of rheumatic-inflammatory (rhizarthrosis)| degenerative diseases  | such as carpal tunnel syndrome | L3908 |
BORT SellaTex® Rigid Thumb & Wrist Support for Kids
Our Price: $57.99

BORT SellaTex® Rigid Thumb & Wrist Support for Kids was designed to provide additional immobilization of the thumb while stabilizing the wrist. This brace features a Stabilo®-strap, and is designed the to fully open making it easy and comfortable to wear. The blue and orange color of the brace is more appealing to kids.

BORT Thumb Hand Support |Chronic | post-traumatic | post-operative | irritations in the area of saddle joint of the thumb | i.e. late stage post-fracture | arthritis | ulnar and radial ligament lesions | L3908 |
BORT Thumb Hand Support
Our Price: $62.99

The Bort Thumb Hand Support Compression Wrist Band with Thumb Inlay is designed to support the metacarpophalangeal joint and saddle joint of the thumb and to stabilize the wrist.

BORT SellaFix® N Metacarpus Splint | Post-traumatic | post-operative | i.e. sprain | contusion | ligament lesions | (skiers thumb) | immobilization in the case of rheumatic-inflammatory processes | (rhizarthrosis) |
BORT SellaFix® N Metacarpus Splint
Our Price: $67.99

The BORT SellaFix® N Metacarpus Splint provides immobilization of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb. The brace is fully lined with padded straps and an adjustable velcro strap that wraps completely around the wrist for extra support.

Bauerfeind RhizoLoc Thumb Saddle Stabilizer
Bauerfeind RhizoLoc Thumb Saddle Stabilizer
Our Price: $79.95

Bauerfeind RhizoLoc Thumb Saddle Stabilizer stabilizes the thumb saddle and metacarpophalangeal joint.
BORT SellaFix® P | Post-operative | post-traumatic | redressement | Finger positioning |
BORT SellaFix® P
Our Price: $72.99

The Bort SellaFix P is an adjustable Thermoplastic brace made for immobilization of the thumb. This brace comfortably immobilizes the metacarpophalangeal joint and saddle joint of the thumb plus the distal interphalangeal joint.

   
 
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