We use our thumbs in everything from pinching, gripping, picking up things, running a computer mouse and texting. That doesn’t change the fact that we use them constantly, so there’s always a chance of injuring them! When we experience pain in our thumbs, we may not even realize how we got hurt in the first place. Our Certified Hand Therapist is an expert in assessing the thumb muscles, tendons and joints and helping you find solutions to be able to function without pain!
The good news is that hand therapy can help relieve your thumb pain. Contact Choice Rehabilitation in Decatur, IN today to learn more about our services and how they can benefit you.
Why does my thumb hurt?
There are many different reasons why your thumb might be causing you pain. Some common ones are below.
Rheumatoid arthritis/basil joint pain – Inability to grasp and hold things, feelings of burning or stabbing in the thumb joint.
Carpal tunnel syndrome – This condition is very common overuse injury, and can present itself through persistent tingling, numbness, or weakness in your thumbs, hands, and wrists.
Sprain – Yes, you can sprain your thumb! A jammed thumb is caused by damage to the ligaments in your thumb. It causes pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
De Quervain’s tenosynovitis – Do you play video games often? If so, that could be the cause of your thumb pain. This is a condition that causes inflammation at the thumb side of your wrist and often results from spending long periods of time holding gaming devices or controllers. This condition typically gets worse with activity, therefore the traditional treatment has been to immobilize the thumb and wrist.
CMC Arthritis – Arthritis in the joint at the base of the thumb by the wrist is one of the most common arthritis problems in the upper body. People usually complain about deep pain in the joint which may or may not be associated with activity or motion. This pain interferes with using the hand and thumb but also can interfere with sleep. Choice Rehabilitation’s Certified Hand Therapist has expertise in evaluating the cause of the pain in the thumb and helps develop a program to help relieve the pain, increase strength and function and then instruct in solutions for long term management.
How can hand therapy relieve thumb pain?
Hand therapy at Choice Rehabilitation in Decatur, IN can not only provide you with a comprehensive evaluation of your thumb pain condition to help you understand why it occurred and how to prevent it from recurring, but it also provides a safe and effective treatment that will decrease your recovery time. It is now known that preventing movement prolongs the healing processes, and new treatments such as those provided at Choice Rehabilitation by our Certified Hand Therapist, focus on treating the underlying causes of the pain and dysfunction to help your body heal and prevent future incidents of the problem.
Some of the techniques and tools a hand therapist may choose to use in your treatment include the following:
- Joint protection
- Manual therapy
- Scar tissue management
- Thermal modalities
- Compressive therapy
- Electrical modalities
- Ergonomic modifications
- Adaptive techniques
- Custom orthotics
- Wound management
During your first appointment, your Choice Rehabilitation therapist will thoroughly examine your hand and thumb to determine where the pain is located and what its root causes may be.
From there, they will form a treatment plan that is catered towards your recovery. You’ll work with your hand therapist one-on-one to relieve your pain symptoms and hopefully, to prevent them from recurring in the future!
Call our clinic to set up an appointment
Choice Rehabilitation understands that feeling pain in your thumbs (two parts of your body that you literally use every day!) can seriously get in the way of your routine. Our therapists treat all of our patients with the utmost care, respect, and dedication. Rest assured that when you arrive at our clinic for treatment, you’ll be in good hands from start to finish.
Contact our clinic in Decatur,IN today to set up an appointment!