Sudden onset thumb pain

Pain in the thumb or base of the thumb, which occurs suddenly through an acute injury, can be from a direct landing hyperextension or hyper flexion injury. The thumb can also be forced inwards or outwards and can dislocate, sprain, or fracture. Sudden onset thumb pain can also be referred from surrounding structures or from the neck.

Pain in the ligaments and tendons of the thumb can also be acute. A chronic injury can also cause sudden pain of a different nature if the longstanding injury is provoked. Injuries with this symptom are listed below:
  • Sprained Thumb

    Sprained Thumb

    A thumb sprain occurs when the thumb is bent out of its normal range of movement, usually backward. It can happen in sports like skiing, rugby and basketball and causes pain and swelling. The ligaments supporting the joint at the bottom of the thumb get damaged, and this can be helped by taping, icing and compression.

  • Broken Thumb

    Broken Thumb

    A broken thumb is a fracture of either of the two small bones called phalanges which make up the thumb. A broken thumb is not as common as a broken finger but is just as painful! Icing the thumb and avoiding moving it can help ease the pain until a doctor examines it for any possible complications.

  • Hand & Finger Injuries

    Injuries to the hand and fingers are common in sports and must be taken seriously. Injuries in this area can be very debilitating and if treated incorrectly they can have long-term consequences in terms of hand and finger function.