Article by Alex Clarke. When the thumb is bent out of its normal range of movement usually backwards , damage occurs to the ligaments supporting the joint at the bottom of the thumb metacarpo-phalangeal joint. It is common in skiing, contact sports and ball sports such as basketball and netball. If there is a lot of laxity and instability in the joint a total rupture may be suspected in which case the injury requires surgery. Most athletes are able to return to sport within 4 to 6 weeks depending on severity of injury - sometimes sooner. It is important that strengthening exercises are done to restore stability and prevent re-injury. If the injury is not treated properly then there is a greater risk of re-injury and permanent instability which will eventually require surgery.
Texting, typing, gaming … Such activities pervade our lives. More specifically these painful or irritating conditions are repetitive stress injuries that fall under the more scientific categories of tendinitis, tendinosis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, carpometacarpal joint irritation, collateral ligament injury, etc. As I alluded to, we use our thumbs frequently throughout the day for technology use and otherwise. Indeed, many jobs require frequent use of the thumbs. For this reason, it is a relief to know that there are thumb stabilizers available that help the thumb to heal while at the same time allowing mobility and range of motion for your hand and thumb.
Here are some examples of typical rehabilitation exercises for your condition. Start each exercise slowly. Ease off the exercise if you start to have pain.