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I've been to 2 doctors, had x-rays taken and examined, been to a hand specialist, and been to 2 different physical therapy centers. I have had this jammed thumb, which is what I have been told it is, for five months. It was jammed playing basketball when an arm swung into my hand and bent my thumb sideways.

The specialist said it was just a jam. I don't doubt that. But she said it can take upwards of a year to heal.

My question really is simply has anyone out there experienced something similar, I mean a jammed thumb that lasts months? Did it ever completely recover? I think what I am really looking for is some assurance that this problem will eventually go away.
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replied April 14th, 2007
OK I don't know if you still are having a problem but I have the same one.
I jammed my thumb almost a year ago ands it is still not better. I have been to doctors and they say it is jammed and it needs rest. I think a year of rest is quite sufficient.
They say surgery is not really an option unless I am losing muscle mass which I'm not. But I still have pain and weakness doing every day tasks such as opening jars or holding something heavy.

Does anyone have any advice??
Please Help.
Thanks.
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replied May 14th, 2008
jammed thumb
I have the same problem. I jammed my finger in a fight over 3 months ago, and it still hurts. I have problems opening jars and even doing normal daily things. I was on the web searching for home treatments when i ran into this. If you or anyone know what to do please help me.
Thank you,
Jessie
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replied May 15th, 2008
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Well, finger joints aren't exactly my area of expertise, but I would assume you probably injured the cushioning between your carpal bones (the various parts of the finger). There is very little blood flow in most ligaments/tendons, other areas of cushioning, meaning that the rate of healing is much slower as well. So while it seems unlikely, it isn't an exact impossibility that it would take that long to heal depending on the degree of injury you caused it.

Did you mention to your doctors that it's been taking over a year/months to heal? Did they attempt to explain the situation? Lazy doctors =/ they never seem to ever try to educate or provide more knowledge of the situation to the patient at hand.
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replied May 15th, 2008
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may have torn a ligament
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replied February 22nd, 2009
Jammed thumb
I havn't had this problem for more than a week but I think my thumb is jammed. It isn't swollen or bruised so nobody believes that there's anything wrong with it. I'm doubting that it's going to heal soon because besides the very little bit right after doing it, it really hasn't healed much. Although I can still do tumbling and cheerleading, I'm having trouble doing everyday things. I don't know what I'm supposed to do with a jammed thumb. Can anyone help me? <3<3 >>>thanks:]
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replied March 19th, 2009
Jammed Thumb
I had my thumb bent back on Christmas Day. It bruised slightly and had minimal swelling. It's now been 3 months and I still have minimal swelling and pain. I read "can't open jars" in other posts and that's me to a T. Can't pop the knuckle at all. At this time, I'm just suckin' it up and dealing with it. Maybe it will go away. Maybe it won't. Such is life.
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replied April 12th, 2011
Jammed Thumb? or Torn Ligament, preventing gripping
I've had a jammed thumb for 6 mos. too, along with Skiers Thumb. Had the Skiers Thumb surgically repaired and can now open jars, etc. Regarding the jammed thumb, Dr. says there's nothing they can do, Physical Therapist has been extremely helpful in getting it to partially bend again. At this point though, I think I'm stuck with a permanent jammed thumb.

SOME ADVICE: IF YOU HAVE PROBLEMS OPENING JARS OR GRIPPING THINGS, SEE A HAND SURGEON ASAP. YOU HAVE ABOUT A 1 MONTH WINDOW TO GET SURGERY TO REATTACH THE TORN LIGAMENT TO ALLOW YOU TO GRIP THINGS AGAIN IN THE FUTURE.
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replied April 24th, 2012
I jammed my thumb today in PE while playing flag football. Someone swatted at my hand at it hit right on the top, tip part of my thumb. I have jammed it before, recently. I was snowboarding and stuck my hand out to catch a fall, and landed on the tip of my thumb and it jammed. It swelled more the first time. It hurts this time continuously, though. Last time, which was about 3-4 months ago, it slowly healed and was fine up until this point. ICE seems to be good and also TIME is a big factor in healing.
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replied April 4th, 2009
Jammed Tumb
Hi, I have a jammed thumb too(or is it). It happened yesterday my four year old bither was trying to jump on my back for a piggy back ride. INstead of him jumping on my back his knee hit my thumb. i put ice on it after about five minutes after it happened i dont notice any swolleness, but it hurts (sometimes) when i bend it. i dont see any purplish balack and blue kind of marks.

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replied April 13th, 2009
Jammed Thumb
Im no expert but thumbs do take a long long time to heal if you jam them bad enough. This sucks cause u dont realize how much stuff u cant do without your thumb. I am icing heavily because this is a relatively new injury and taking ib prophen constantly. I tryed to pop it out to but my problem is at the base of my thumb which makes it even harder to get out. Does anyone have any other suggestions?
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replied April 20th, 2009
Jammed Thumb
I jammed my thumb at the base in a baseball game like four weeks ago. I was having trouble opening jars and at times my thumb will just get weak and I'll drop things. Ive iced it and lots of ibuprofen. I went to a sports doctor he wiggled then pulled my thumb and it made a slight pop noise and the next three days the pain went away. so try your local sports doctor.
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replied July 15th, 2009
I jammed my thumb in a bboying(breakdancing) battle. My crew was winning so I decided to taunt the other crew by doing a backwards handspring over one of there members..
It went terribly wrong I landed straight on my right thumb .. I landed safe but I couldnt feel my thumn for several days.. Its been a year now and I still feel pain when I bend it. It is also impossible to pop the knuckle. It is irritating as hell.
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replied July 20th, 2009
i have had the same problem.. i was playing in goal as i am a keeper and sum1 has kicked my thumb and it has bent backwards so that it is touching my wrist.. i went to the hospital as i thought that i had broke it but the x rays revealed no breaks.. but still 3 months on it is still not healed and i can not do the daily things and i can only just pull the brake leaver on my cycling bike... does anyone have any treatments which have worked to help heal the injury... thank you
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replied July 27th, 2009
I have a similar problem. I jammed my thumb years ago and it has become a nagging problem. Easily jamming up even after giving it months of rest. The pain and mobility is back always after around a week but if i bang my thumb the wrong way then it goes bad.

i play a lot of sports and have been playing through this injury for a while. I was wondering what i can do stabalize my thumb during sports or even help it gain stregnth and mobility while not training.

Best Regards,

Ben
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replied August 17th, 2009
I jammed my left thumb just over 3 months ago (May 5th) and it actually has gotten worse in the past few weeks. I was sitting on a park bench and a basketball from the court nearby came right at my head so I put my hand up to stop it and hit the end of my thumb head on and jammed it pretty bad. It hurt but not super bad so I just tried to pull on it a bit and have been going about things as usual but with a bit more pain than I wanted. I had a chiro apt a few days after it happened and they looked at it and basically told me it was gonna take a while to heal. At the end of July it started really hurting when I tried to turn doorknobs, twist the cap off my water bottle, open my toothpaste, etc. I thought maybe a tiny bone chip or something that maybe moved around. So I had X-rays taken and in the meantime I got one of those wrap-around velcro stabilizer things and that really helps 'cause I can't bend my thumb (still can move the knuckle though). The X-rays showed nothing as far as breaks but lots of soft tissue swelling so they are sending me to a sports injury dr at the orthopedic center this week to see about ligament damage. Not sure what they can do about it but the stabilizer is helping for now and I've learned to change hands for most things and also using my left hand differently.
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replied August 26th, 2009
ok i was playing team handball in pe 2 or three days ago when a friend accidently landed on my thumb her whole body wait landed on it. it has been three days and im on my schools basketball team and i have a game tomorrow it is hard to catch a pass and i can still shoot 3 pointers thank god and i just popped my thumb and that helped immediately a little bit but am so worried about it cause it seems like im always in some kind of pain plz tell me ur most successful discoveries to treat a jammed thumb
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replied November 8th, 2009
Same plightttt
Hey i jammed my finger last last week and although I can move it about I cant do daily things as well. I'm getting really worried, do I have to go to the hospital? Need help!
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replied November 9th, 2009
I jammed my thumb fighting at work. It healed after about 3 months, but then i reinjured it in a bar fight. soaking my thumb in hot water seems to really help and so does naproxen. The thumb seems to be the biggest pain in the ass to heal.
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replied December 11th, 2009
I jammed my index finger about 4 months ago playing flag football and it feels perfectly fine to move it but when I try to put pressure on it like "opening jars" or lifting something its hurts soo bad I put it down and switch hands. Any suggestion on what has happened or what I can do?
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replied December 24th, 2009
I jammed my thumb first by blocking a basketball pass. 3 weeks later it still hurt, but I played again. This time someone swung their arm/hand down to block a layup and hit my thumb smack dead on. This jammed it much worse then when the ball hit it. I went to see a hand specialist and the xray showed the joint so far off that he said I had a torn ligament. I had surgery this past friday and now have a cast on. It feels fine, but I can't move it. I will post an update in 6 weeks when the cast comes off.
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replied December 31st, 2009
HOW TO HEAL
I have jammed my thumb four different times like this, really bad, it will usually take a year if its bad....run ice cold water on it for 30 mins every day or put it in an ice bucket for 30 mins DO NOT PULL ON IT, this will help ALOT.
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