How can I tell if it's a broken thumb?
December 5, 2008 10:10 PM Subscribe
How do you know if your thumb is broken? When should you see a doctor?
posted by aether516 to health & fitness (13 answers total)
About a week and a half ago, my husband fell and jammed his thumb quite hard (pulled by our four-month-old puppy who was anxious to get on her walk).
He thought it wasn't a big deal at first, but his thumb has stayed swollen and painful for the past 10 days. He does not have full range of motion (but has some motion). Often times, he says it feels just fine - but about once or twice a day he'll jam it against something while washing dishes or opening a door and he will feel intense pain. It does not seem to be getting any better, and the swelling has only increased over the past few days.
Our insurance situation is a little complicated right now, so we don't necessarily want to go to a doctor if it's not necessary. Any advice on how to tell if it actually is broken (without getting an x-ray)?