Thumb stiffness

Stiffness in the thumb joint can be with our without swelling. Restricted movement in the thumb can be from a contusion within the muscle but also from an injury to the thumb joint such as a fracture.

Stiffness can also have clicking present if there is a loose body or issue with the joint such as an osteochondral defect (OCD). Osteoarthritis can create stiffness of the thumb but a simple sprain where the thumb is bent back can also create stiffness. Injuries and conditions that cause 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.