I sprained my thumb 4 weeks ago after a fall in which I bent my thumb backward. I held off going to the doctor for a week, since I didn't have any signs of bruising, just some swelling.After a week, I still had pain on my palm side right under the metacarpal joint, on the outside part of my thumb. So my dr took x-rays which were negative and checked my range of motion of my thumb and said it was sprained. He told me to use a thumb spica splint for a week or two.
I used the splint for 9 days (it was a thumb/wrist splint which seemed a bit overkill for a thumb sprain). It was stiff from the splint at first but after a day or two I could move my thumb better, but it still hurt below the metacarpal joint when I pressed on it. So I went back to the dr, who said it would take time to get over the stiffness, also it didn't seem to hurt on the spot that day.
That was 2 weeks ago, and this spot is still hurting enough that I'm worried. My thumb still hurts to bend across my palm, and to open thing that requires twisting. Could I have reinjuried it? I do have little kids that I'm picking up and dealing with, but there was never a moment that I hurt it as bad as the fall. Should I have worn the spica splint for longer? How long does thumb pain go on after a sprain?
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