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You have dislocated your thumb, meaning that your thumb came out of its normal position. Your doctor probably put the thumb back in its normal position. You will need to wear a splint while your thumb heals.
The tissues in the thumb may be damaged, sore, and swollen. You may need surgery if the damage is severe.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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