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Trapped my thumb in work, swollen, sore, tender to touch, pain around wrist. What it could be?

hi my name is hazel and i trapped my thumb in work on Monday and it is still swollen and sore and tender to touch, it is giving me pain around my wrist and i can not squeeze things with my right hand , with it out it giving me pain within my wrist because of my thumb as i trapped my thumb it caught it on my ball joint part what do you think it could be i can see the lump there too.
Asked On : Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.
As per the description, either you could have sustained soft tissue injury or a fracture. Bones in the hand (metacarpals & phalanges) are fragile in nature and tend to get fractured even with minor injuries.

If you are able to move all the fingers normally, If there is no visible deformity or any abnormal mobility in the involved fingers, then a major fracture can be ruled out.

You need to have xrays to diagnose a fracture.

Initial management is as follows -
* rest to the local part
* elevation of the hand with active finger movements to resolve edema
* ice compressions
* analgesic and antiinflammatory medicines
* elastic compression bandage over the wrist

Hope this information is helpful. Good day
Answered: Sat, 13 Jul 2013
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