Thumbs are awesome! So awesome in fact that most of the time we take them for granted. That is… until your thumb starts to hurt. When you have pain in your thumb, you realize just how much you use it. There are many conditions that can cause thumb pain. Let’s look at some of the most common thumb problems to help answer the question- My thumb hurts – what’s wrong?
Here are four of the most common conditions that can cause pain in your thumb:
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The following information may help lead you to understand what might be causing your thumb pain. Start by answering the question “Where Does It Hurt?“ in the chart below.
Where Does It Hurt?
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|At the base of the thumb where your thumb meets your wrist; you feel pain when pinching or gripping, especially holding small objects like pens or tool handles||CMC Thumb Arthritis: Arthritis of the base of the thumb that provides your thumbs mobility|
|Along the side of your thumb when moving it into the hitchhiker position or when bending your hand towards your little finger; pain may “shoot” along the thumb side of your forearm||de Quervain’s Tenosynovitis: Inflammation and tightening of the tendons that extend your thumb|
|Pain in the middle joint of your thumb where it attaches to your hand; you have difficulty grasping or holding objects; pinching is painful and hard to do||Gamekeeper’s or Skier’s Thumb: Injury to the ligament that stabilizes your thumb that allows you to pinch and grip||
|You feel a “popping” pain when bending or straightening the end of your thumb; your thumb sticks in a bent position and has to be pulled straight||Trigger Thumb: Narrowing of the tendon covering or a bump on your tendon that limits motion|
While this information can be useful to help narrow down what your thumb problem might be, it is strongly recommended that you consult with a health care professional before beginning any treatment. Treating your symptoms with the wrong diagnosis can not only delay proper healing, it may also make your condition worse.Like what you’ve read? Click here to subscribe to the blog!
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