Sprained Thumb

Hand & Wrist Broken Bones & Injuries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Sprains occur when ligaments in a part of the body stretch beyond their natural limits or tear. In the thumb, this usually happens when a strong force bends it backwards, or through a fall to an outstretched hand. A thumb sprain may weaken your ability to grasp objects, and can lead to lasting instability of the joint if left untreated.

Conservative treatment (using a splint or brace to immobilise the thumb) is effective in many cases. However, surgical intervention may be needed if tears to the ligaments occur, or if a fracture to the thumb is present.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for thumb sprains and a wide variety of other hand and wrist conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/sprained-thumb: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about thumb sprains or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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