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How to mend a broken thumb ?

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I broke my thumb a month ago. I still cannot bend it. Xrays look good for healing. But I want to make sure I get full range of mothion back. What can I do... and is it normal for it to only bend half way after a month.
Posted Thu, 19 Apr 2012 in TMJ
Answered by Dr. Sapan J. Pandya 1 hour later

Thanks for your query.

By the end of this session, I hope that I have solved your queries.

It is quite good that you are able to move your thumb half-way in a month.
In fact you are healing well as also suggested by your x-ray.
I would be able to help you better if I saw your x-rays at the time of the accident and the most recent x-rays. You may send them to me by attaching the scanned files to YYYY@YYYY , ATTN Dr Sapan J Pandya.
You may increase your full range of motion by going for physiotherapy. You may ask your orthopaedic surgeon to prescribe the various physiotherapy modalities.
The modalities which can be used are Wax Bath immersion, Ultrasonic Waves to affected part and muscle strengthening exercises.
Vigorous but supervised physiotherapy will help you in better range of motion.

Hope I have answered your query. If you have any follow up queries I will be available to answer them.
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