What is the best way to treat a sprained thumb?


  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. As often as possible, rest with your hand raised up higher than your heart.

How long does a sprained thumb joint take to heal?

A sprained thumb can be treated with a brace or cast and will likely take 3-6 weeks to fully heal. If your sprain is severe, you may need surgery. Every patient is different, so visit a hand surgeon to determine the best treatment for your injury.

Can a torn ligament in thumb heal on its own?

A torn ligament cannot fully heal itself. Surgery for the thumb collateral ligaments is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning you will probably go home the same day as the surgery.

Should you tape a sprained finger?

Buddy tape Buddy taping the injured finger protects it from further injury and encourages it to straighten as it heals. For moderate to severe sprains, wait about 48 hours after the injury happened or for the initial swelling to start subsiding before taping the finger.

How long will a sprained thumb take to heal?

Minor sprains can heal in as few as 2 weeks. More severe sprains can take 6 to 12 weeks, or longer. Anyone who experiences thumb pain, particularly if it lasts longer than a few days should see a doctor. Even though most sprains do not require treatment, a doctor might recommend a splint and ensure that there is no additional damage.

How do you treat a sprained thumb?

Elevation: During the first 24 hours after your injury, try to keep your injured hand elevated to reduce swelling. Your doctor may also suggest that you take an anti-inflammatory medication (such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen) to help with your pain.

What are the symptoms of a thumb sprain?

Signs and Symptoms With a sprained thumb, the thumb or hand usually swells and may bruise. Pain might last for only a week or two. After that, the usual problem is function. You might have trouble writing, turning a doorknob, or holding a drinking glass. Sometimes this is felt as pain and sometimes weakness. Treatment

What do you do for a hyperextended thumb?

Treatment for a hyperextended finger is ice, immobilization, rest, and anti-inflammatory medicine. Strengthening exercises should start as soon as swelling and pain has decreased.