Thumb Injuries

The thumb is a critical part of the hand: it has important functions in pinch (such as gripping a key), fine manipulation (such as buttoning a shirt) and grasp (such as holding a can of soda). Injury to the thumb can result in both pain and weakness and can make it difficult to carry out activities of daily living as well as job-related activities. If a thumb injury does occur, it is important to consult an orthopedic hand surgeon so that potentially treatable injuries are not missed. The best time to treat a thumb injury in order to have the highest chance of a full recovery following treatment is immediately.

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