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Katie asked...

3.5 weeks ago, a friend ran into my hand quite hard which put pressure on my thumb and I instantly felt an incredibly sharp and terrible pain...

3.5 weeks ago, a friend ran into my hand quite hard which put pressure on my thumb and I instantly felt an incredibly sharp and terrible pain. The intense pain persisted for a few days and has since continued to decrease. However, I still feel a dull pain every now and then and I find it difficult to complete simple tasks (turn a door handle, open a bottle, press a button with my thumb) due to pain and weakness. Bending my thumb is also slightly unconformable as well. I have full range of motion, but some motions are just more uncomfortable than others. Is this something I should be concerned about?

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It can take several weeks for bone or ligament injuries to heal and this is normal. Residual pain with use, weakness and swelling can also persist for some months after the injury. This is normal. You did not mention if you saw a Doctor at time of injury to assess for a bone fracture? The fact that pain is less and you have full range of movement is good and suggests you may not have fractured a bone but cannot rule out ligament damage. If you are concerned we would suggest seeing you doctor to assess the injury and check range of motion for you. Hopefully this will help you,

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses