Thumb Fractures

Hand & Wrist Broken Bones & Injuries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

A thumb fracture is a break in either of the two bones which make up the thumb. It can affect your ability to grasp items, ad can increase your risk of developing arthritis later in life. Most severe thumb fractures occur near the joint, and are caused by a direct fall to the outstretched hand.

Conservative treatment of thumb fractures (through immobilisation) is often possible, but larger or complicated fractures which involve damage to surrounding structures (like nerves, tendons, or blood vessels) may require surgery to repair.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for thumb fractures 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/thumb-fractures: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about thumb fractures or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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