Thumb Sprain Hand Therapy
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Also known as a "skier's thumb", as this condition is really common in people who ski, and is also a common cause of thumb pain.
Skier's thumb refers to damage in the ulnar collateral ligament at the base of the thumb, and though it's called skier's thumb, not only skiers get this injury - in fact, I've seen housewives, goalkeepers (Goalie's Thumb) and random injuries causing the thumb to be pushed furthest away from the hand.
Thumb Sprain Hand Therapy
In a severely sprained thumb injury, there is always immediate swelling and bruising, and it gets progressively worse over the next couple of days. For chronic cases of sprained thumbs that have not been diagnosed properly, there may be a development of joint thickening and chronic swelling, as well as instability and laxity in the thumb joints.
This results in pain and difficulty because of the instability in the thumb joints, and patients often say it's difficult to button, write, type, zip - anything to do with the thumb, it's difficult.
The ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb could be partially or fully 100% torn; and our specialist physiotherapist and hand therapist will be able to test and assess to determine the extent of your instability and sprain.
Thumb Sprain Hand Therapy - Treatments
Assessment and diagnosis is made by physical assessment and examinations by the specialist hand therapists. During the initial acute phase, we may focus on using:
Then once pain and swelling has subsided, we will proceed to gradually increase your joint range of mobility in a safe manner, and slowly move on to strengthening activities. If all goes well with our hand therapy program, sprains will resolve within 4 to 8 weeks.
However, for cases where there is complete 100% rupture of the ligament, we will definitely refer you to a specialist hand surgeon for surgical intervention to repair the ligament first, then followed by a 6 - 10 week hand therapy program.
Safe mobilizations can start as early as possible, as long as the joint, ligament, tendon and muscle integrity is sound; and gradually, we increase the difficulty and complexity of exercises to improve strength, stamina and range of motion until you're 100% recovered.
Thumb Sprain Hand Therapy - Our Expertise
Our specialist hand therapist is a therapist (physiotherapist or occupational therapist) that are dedicated assessing and treating hand, wrist and finger injuries, and includes thumb sprains.
We will perform a thorough assessment to determine the severity and grade of your sprain, and then advise and decide which course of rehab is the best one that takes you to 100% as safe and quick as clinically possible.
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Our Physio & Rehab Expertise
Specialist Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and specialist rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.
Areas of specialization
- physiotherapy: back and neck (spine), sports, shoulder, hip, knee, ankle
- hand therapy: forearm, wrist, hand and fingers
- podiatrist: leg, calf, ankle, foot and toes
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All our therapists are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCM). See our entire team here by location and specialization.
Initially, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to
help you recover. They then provide
expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific
exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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We are a wholly Singapore Private Limited group of licensed physiotherapists, hand therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports massage therapists, clinical pilates practitioners and TCM physicians practicing in our scope of rehabilitation and its areas of specializations. As listed in our website are the list of services we provide our clients as referred by their medical doctors or by self referrals/word of mouth.
The range of rehabilitation results vary from patients to patients, depending on a variety of factors and reasons such as severity of condition, genetics, gender and age. However, we will still deliver the best evidence-based-practice of physiotherapy, hand therapy, TCM, sports training and deep tissue release therapy that we can deliver.
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