There are two types of thumb ligament injuries: ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) Injury and radial collateral ligament (RCL) injury. Thumb Injuries happen when your UCL or RCL ligaments are stretched out or torn badly. These thumb injuries can be extremely painful and make the thumb feel weak and tender.

If you have a thumb injury and experience symptoms, such as sharp pain, swelling, tenderness, or weakness, then you should consult a doctor. Athletes can expect to regain their entire range of motion with the correct diagnosis and treatment. During the examination, your doctor will check the stability of your thumb joint by moving it in different directions.
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Various thumb movements will help you identify whether it is stretched or torn. However, x-rays or other imaging procedures like MRI may be used to see the severity of torn ligaments. Your doctor might recommend physiotherapy during treatment or after surgery to speed up the healing process and ensure that you’re ready to play again.

Rest, Icing, and anti-inflammatory medicines can help prevent pain and treat injury. If these injuries are left untreated, they can develop several problems such as arthritis, chronic weakness, and limited thumb function. So, it’s essential to treat an injured thumb properly so that it doesn’t worsen over time.

Sometimes, basic treatments may not be enough to restore thumb joint stability in severe cases. Your doctor may prescribe surgery if your ligaments are completely torn. Patients who have surgery are usually required to wear a cast or splint for a few weeks afterwards to heel the injury faster.

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How To Recognize A Torn Ligament In The Thumb?

You have a thumb ligament injury if you feel the following:

  • Pain with severe swelling
  • Weakness and instability while holding something
  • Loss of thumb motion
Does A Thumb Ligament Injury Heal On Its Own?

A torn or injured ligament does not heal on its own. Usually, for a thumb collateral ligament, surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. However, if the thumb ligament injury is not severe, then it can recover without surgery.

How Long Can A Thumb Ligament Injury Take to Heal?

Thumb ligament injury results from a thumb sprain. A minor thumb sprain takes about a few days to recover. However, more severe sprains can take as long as 12 weeks to recover.

What Are The Reasons For A Thumb Ligament To Tear?

Usually, thumb ligament injuries happen due to forced radial deviation of the thumb during an activity of high velocity. Skiers and ball handling sports players have increased risks of thumb ligament injury.

Should I Wrap A Torn Ligament?

Yes, doctors recommend torn ligament wrapping. Wrapping helps to reduce and limit the swelling around the thumb. It also helps to ease the pain of the thumb.

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