A sprained thumb occurs when the ligaments that support the thumb stretch beyond their limits and tear. This usually happens when a strong force bends the thumb backwards, away from the palm of the hand. The most common way for this to occur is by falling onto an outstretched hand.
Depending on the severity of the sprain, pain may occur at the time of the injury and persist after. You may have also bruising, tenderness, and swelling around the base of your thumb. In many cases, the pain will fade and completely go away, healing on its own.
For more severe sprains, treatment usually involves wearing a splint or cast to keep the thumb from moving while the ligament heals. For the most severe sprains, surgery may be needed to restore stability to the joint.
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