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Swollen thumb after getting hurt while snowboarding. No help with braces, ice. Healing time?

I hurt my right thumb from spreading my hands out to get myself up when I was snowboarding three weeks ago. My thumb didn t started to hurt and swell up till the day after I originally injured it. I didn t think I need to go to the doctors because it wasn t that bad and thought it can be easily be treated at home. Now, I been wearing a removable brace for 2 weeks to help it heal. But my thumb is still pretty swollen and in some pain. I try icing it before but it just swell up afterwards. Why is my thumb still swollen and will it heal soon?
Asked On : Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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Hi Ejetland,
Thanks for writing your query.

First of all you should get a X-Ray of your right thumb (AP and lateral view) as you are still having pain and swelling and consult an Orthopedic surgeon.

If there is no fracture in the X-Ray report, you are having soft tissue injury. It will take few days to weeks for full recovery. Proper rest and immobilization of the right thumb will speed up the recovery process.

You can take anti-inflammatory medicines like Ibuprofen one tablet twice a day after meals along with serratiopeptidase two to three times a day and antacid Omeprazole 20 mg once a day. This will reduce the pain and inflammation.

If your problem persists, get yourself examined by an Orthopedician. Take medicines under medical supervision only.

I hope this is helpful to you.
Answered: Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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