What happened to two-year old's thumb?
April 9, 2008 8:02 AM Subscribe
Two-year old caught his thumb in a door. After two hours, the child no longer complained of pain, was using thumb fine. No swelling, cuts, or outward signs of trauma. However, the thumb "clicks" and locks in a straight position if the child extends his thumb. Is this a permanent injury? What damage was sustained? What should we ask the doctor when we visit?
posted by Pastabagel to health & fitness (10 answers total)
I realize he needs to send a doctor. Believe me when I say it has taken over nine hours total before we could even find out which doctors are covered by our "platinum" insurance plan.
More details: The child is 2 years old. He stopped crying very soon after the injury, and was back to using his thumb and playing, so we did not go to the emergency room. He does not seem to be in any pain if we move the thumb, bend the joint etc.
The child can bend the thumb on his own, but it clicks out of the straight locked position. By clicking, I mean that you feel the bones locking up if you hold his hand. There is a very slight auditory click.
The injury occurred last night. This morning, there is still no swelling, no complaint of pain from the child, however when he woke up, he didn't have the strength to bend the thumb out of the locked straight position. After we bent it down for him, he was able to straighten it and bend it on his own, however, it still locks up. Again, the child is not exhibiting any signs of pain whatsoever. If he showed even the slightest pain, we would be in the emergency room.
What is this injury? What is causing the clicking and the locking up? I assume if a bone or ligament was damaged, the pain would be excruciating and there would be swelling. And help or insight would be appreciated.