Thumb Rehab - Livin' the Good Life
Sep. 22nd, 2013
01:10 pm - Thumb Rehab
A few weeks ago I injured my thumb. I don't know how it happened, but I suspect it was at the gym when I was careless about letting the weight machines down GENTLY. I've tried chiropractic, and so far, no permanent help. (Just for the record, I haven't found chiropractors in general to be great with hand joint problems.) So, my next step was to immobilize it because I couldn't stand the sharp pain I experienced every time I bent the top section of my thumb down.... which happened many, many times an hour. So here is how I've looked for the last 10 days or so. It draws a lot of unwanted attention, and I will be happy to be rid of it, but thankful for the relief it has brought me.
The last few days I have experimented with stretching my thumb out as far as it will go over and over. That seems to bring some relief and it started to just gently "click" every time I bent it. Better. But not good enough. Here is how far I can bend it before it starts to "catch".
As you can see, I can barely bend it before it starts to hurt.
Once I work it and stretch it over and over, I can get it to bend without pain. So, I stop and remove the brace many times a day to this end. It's very tedious and unpleasant, but I don't know what else to do to help myself. The fact that I CAN get it to move without hurting is encouraging, but it seems like this process may be a long one. I hope not. This is really cramping my style.
Here is where I want my thumb to end up. It seems like not much of a change from the last photo, but that last little bit makes a big difference. I sure wish the "getting there" could be pain-free. Is that too much to ask?