Dislocated thumb symptoms
Hey guys I dislocated my right thumb super bad about 4 years ago playing basketball, and still have issues now and again-- (last week! and now!!)...Dam eet. I do a lot of slap bass, and double thumb techniques in an experimental rock band, so I have to hit hard in certain spots. It scares me quite a bit because I'm striving to get better at my techniques, and this really slowed me down at our last gig 2 days ago with the thumb tech's. I usually do improv bass solo's at our gigs, but opted out this last show because of the problem.
The symptoms I have are in the joint at the base(no pun intended) of my thumb - it most recently has gotten more swollen than in the past - that's why I'm writing this post haha. It almost feels like it wants to lock up, almost an involuntary twitch and I can't seem to use it...then it goes away and reoccurs at random times.
For treatment I have been using Epsom salt and icing it after if it gets all puffed out - seems to help it relax. I'm not sure if it's arthritis or pre signs of trigger thumb. If you have any advice at all I would love to hear from you.
My Dad says I should not play as much, but I might lose the rest of my hair if I do! Here is a link of some of my band to show you how I am scroogin up my thumb exactly--->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18whOmGJ1Kw
Thanks guys - I really appreciate it.
Try using heat on the joint, then massaging the muscle below your thumb inside your palm, then ice. Tylenol helps a lot with the swelling. And drink lots of water!!!! When I'm dehydrated I seem to feel it in my joints and muscles first. Idk any exercises for working out your thumbs, but improving the strength of that muscle and improving technique where need be (i know absolutely nothing about slap) would certainly do you no harm.
If its getting to the point of excruciating pain regularly, go see a hand specialist! When the muscles in my arm locked up on me they did absolute wonders and taught me how to keep it from happening again. (Poor upright bass playing technique caused the lock-up)
BTW, all the advice given here is from experiences with hand specialists due to muscle problems and recovery from knee cap dislocations. I claim no responsibility for what you might do and the end results of those actions, just saying what I would personally try before seeing a doctor.
Dude Thanks so much for the advice - you are right about massaging the muscles neear the bottom of the hand - that really helps. And icing is good after inflaming the sucker with the rub down. Thanks again friend!!
After I broke my thumb years ago,(base of the metacarpal) during rehab, a PT had me tear long ,narrow strips of paper, and then roll them each into tight, little balls. As hard and as tight as I could make them. It was a great exercise to strengthen and regain dexterity in my thumb. Thumb was back to 100% normal in a fairly short time. I haven't had any issues other than getting an ache once in awhile. If it aches I just take some aspirin and it takes care of it.
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