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Swollen thumb, purple, can't bend at all, tingly. Is it broken or jammed ?

I jammed my thumb at my basketball tournament and its really purple and swollen and i cant bend it at all..and it is tingly and numb. My mom thinks its broken. Is it broken or jammed? It just hurts to bend it or straighten it out in the middle of my thumb though. and the joint before my fingernail if that makes any sense..
Asked On : Thu, 20 Dec 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Thanks for posting your query.

It might be soft tissue injury or fracture at thumb.

Without X-ray, it is difficult to differentiate a fracture from others. I suggest you to consult an orthopaedician nearby for a detailed examination. You may get the X-ray of the area affected under his/her guidance.

In the interim,apply ice packs to the affected area,anti-inflammatory drug like motrin to reduce pain and inflammation. Avoid lifting and rest well.

Wishing you good health
Dr Saurabh Gupta
Answered: Thu, 20 Dec 2012
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