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Moderate Thumb Pain Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand moderate thumb pain symptoms, including 6 causes & common questions.

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Contents

  1. 6 Possible Moderate Thumb Pain Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

6 Possible Moderate Thumb Pain Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced moderate thumb pain. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

De quervain's tenosynovitis

De Quervain's tenosynovitis is a painful condition affecting the tendons on the thumb side of the wrist. If you have de Quervain's tenosynovitis, you will feel pain upon turning your wrist, grasping anything, or making a fist.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: hand numbness, thumb pain, hand weakness, weakness in one hand, numbness in one hand

Symptoms that always occur with de quervain's tenosynovitis: thumb pain

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Thumb arthritis

Thumb arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints of the thumb. There are a number of distinct joints in the thumb, all of which can be affected by thumb arthritis. The inflammation may be due to "wear-and-tear" or osteoarthritis, a thumb injury, or rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms include thumb pain, warmth, redness, and swelling of the thumb joints, limited mobility and possible deformity of the thumb joints, as well as a loss of pinch or grip strength.

Treatments include methods to control pain and alleviate swelling, as well as corrective braces and splints. If conservative methods do not yield relief, a few different surgical approaches may be successful.

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

Jammed thumb

Jammed thumbs are common in sports but may occur during daily activity.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: thumb injury, thumb pain from an injury, swollen thumb, finger bruise

Symptoms that always occur with jammed thumb: thumb injury, thumb pain from an injury

Urgency: Primary care doctor

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Sprained thumb

A thumb sprain occurs when the ligaments that connect the bones are strained by a sudden, forceful movement, usually when the thumb is stretched backward away from the palm. This is likely to occur when the thumb is directly impacted, such as partially catching a ball or falling on an outstretched hand.

Symptoms include swelling and(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/severe-thumb-pain/) and surrounding areas, a loss of movement or a difficulty with your grip, a feeling of laxity or joint instability, as well as possible bruising.

Treatment can begin at home with rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication. Proper immobilization of the thumb with a cast may need to be completed by a medical team as well as possible surgery to repair any significant damage.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: injury from a common fall, recent injury from bracing a fall with the hands, constant hand pain

Symptoms that always occur with sprained thumb: constant hand pain, thumb pain from an injury

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition of numbness and tingling in the hand and arm caused by compression of the mediannerve as it travels through the carpal tunnel. Causes include overuse of the wrist and hand, especially highly repetitive activities such as typing or working on an assembly line. Injuries can damage the carpal tunnel, as can arthritis, diabetes, and obesity.

Symptoms include(https://www.buoyhealth.com/symptoms-a-z/weakness-in-both-hands/) when trying to hold an object. Carpal tunnel syndrome gets worse over time and may lead to permanent damage if not addressed.

Treatment options include supportive devices, stretching exercises, medications, and surgery.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: spontaneous shoulder pain, hand weakness, wrist pain, weakness in one hand, pain in both hands

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis is a general term for multiple conditions that cause painful inflammation and stiffness throughout the body. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic condition that is autoimmune in nature, meaning that the body's immune system which normally protects the body by attacking foreign pathogens mistakenly begins attacking the own body's tissues. In adults, RA is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis caused by autoimmunity.

RA is caused by the immune system attacking the lining of the joints (synovium). This immune activity results in inflammation in the synovium that causes it to thicken and expand. The thickening destroys the cartilage and bone of the joint and causes the tendons and ligaments of the joint to weaken and stretch.

Over time, the cartilage loss continues, the space between bones becomes smaller, and eventually the joint becomes loose, painful and unstable. As the condition becomes more advanced, RA can also affect multiple organ systems, including the eyes, skin, lungs and the cardiovascular system.

Diagnosis is through physical examination, blood tests, and X-rays.

Treatments include lifestyle modifications, several classes of medications, and sometimes surgery.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: fatigue, depressed mood, joint pain, muscle aches, daytime sleepiness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Moderate Thumb Pain

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Let's examine your thumb a bit. What makes your thumb hurt worse?
  • Do you repetitively use your thumb and wrist?
  • Does this hand movement cause you pain? (This is known as Finkelstein test.)
  • How would you explain your thumb pain?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

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Moderate Thumb Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced moderate thumb pain have also experienced:

  • 22% Swollen Thumb
  • 6% Joint Stiffness
  • 6% Thumb Pain

People who have experienced moderate thumb pain were most often matched with:

  • 40% Jammed Thumb
  • 30% De Quervain'S Tenosynovitis
  • 30% Thumb Arthritis

People who have experienced moderate thumb pain had symptoms persist for:

  • 32% Less than a week
  • 24% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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