Dislocated thumb - Rugby Injuries

Causes of a dislocated thumb

The most common causes of a dislocated thumb are impact and direct contact; this condition is common in rugby due to the physical contact between players and the frequent contact with the ground caused by falling or being tackled. A dislocation will usually occur when the thumb is stretched beyond its limits or excess pressure is applied to the fingers.

Symptoms of a dislocated thumb

Common symptoms include severe localised pain, swelling and a lack of movement around the thumb and fingers. The physical appearance of the thumb may also be changed and the joint may look abnormal.

Treatment for a dislocated thumb

The thumb will usually be immobilised for a period of time; this will usually involve it being placed in a cast; this will allow time to heal and prevent pressure being applied to the thumb. Anti-inflammatory medication and pain relief will help to ease pain and reduce swelling around the joint. Exercises will help to gradually increase movement and strengthen the muscle and connective tissue around the bone which will help to prevent injury in the future.

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