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2 Potential Difficulty Moving the Thumb Causes

  1. 1.Thumb Arthritis

    Arthritis of the thumb is common with aging and occurs when cartilage wears away from the ends of bones that form the thumb joint. This can cause severe pain, swelling and decreased strength and range of motion, making it difficult to do simple tasks, such as turning doorknobs and opening jars.

    This condition is considered irreversible, but symptoms can be effectively managed with treatment

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    difficulty moving the thumb, thumb pain that affects sleep, thumb pain from overuse, pain in the thumb side of the hand, spontaneous thumb pain
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  2. 2.Wrist Bone (Scaphoid) Fracture

    A fracture is the medical term for a broken bone. When a person falls on their outstretched hand, the scaphoid is the bone that is most likely to break. It is located on the thumb side of the wrist, in the area where the wrist bends.

    Wrist bone fractures take about 10-16 weeks to heal.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    hand weakness, swollen thumb, wrist pain that gets worse when gripping something, difficulty moving the thumb, wrist pain from an injury
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Difficulty Moving the Thumb

  • Q.About your [wrist], do you notice:
  • Q.Did you just suffer from a high impact injury (e.g., a fall, collision, accident or sports trauma)?
  • Q.Let's examine your thumb a bit. What makes your thumb hurt worse?
  • Q.Press on the thumb along the hand. Does this hurt?

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Difficulty Moving the Thumb Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced difficulty moving the thumb have also experienced:

    • 43% Thumb Pain
    • 12% Swollen Thumb
    • 4% Moderate Thumb Pain
  • People who have experienced difficulty moving the thumb were most often matched with:

    • 18% Wrist Bone (Scaphoid) Fracture
    • 12% Thumb Arthritis
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

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