How Long Does a Sprained Thumb Take to Heal?

Calendar October 31, 2014
How Long Does a Sprained Thumb Take to Heal?

About 3 weeks ago, I sprained my thumb. Currently, it’s still painful to do a few activities. 90% of what I do causes no pain. However, my hand was accidentally slapped and I saw stars for a few minutes. It causes pain when I bend my thumb up. What is the cause of the problem, and will it go away on its own?


I think you probably have a sprain of some of your thumb ligaments. Complete healing takes approximately 6 weeks, and the thumb can continue to intermittently bother you for another 4-6 weeks after that. Since you are getting better I wouldn’t worry too much at this point; only if it seems to worsen or doesn’t completely get well after 6-8 weeks would further evaluation be warranted.

Contact Tyler’s Hand Doctors

Thumb sprains are difficult to evaluate without being seen by a trained orthopedic hand doctor. Mild sprains often heal within four to six weeks but it’s important to note that thumb sprains can be an indication of larger issues like poor ergonomic use of the hand. With over 20 years of experience serving Tyler & East Texas, our Orthopedists at Azalea Orthopedics are proud to serve our communities. Contact us today or if you have experienced an orthopedic or sports injury, schedule your next appointment at one of our many locations in East Texas.



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