I’ve decided to start a new page on my blog, The Sports Injury Corner. Many of my patients are young athletes, and its seems with every visit into my office I am being asked questions about their favorite pro athelete and the injuries they may suffering from. For some it seems pretty cool to know that they are suffering from the same injury as Lebron James, Andrew Luck or Sidney Crosby. So for them and for those interested welcome to the Sports Injury Corner.
Our first athlete up, is Toronto’s very own Terrance Ross. We know he is currently out due to an injury to his thumb. So what exactlly happened?
Last monday during practice he injured his right thumb and later required a cast. Looks like he suffered a right thumb sprain. A sprain is a tear in ligaments. Ligaments are bands of fibrous tissue that connect our bones at the joints. A sprain usually happens when the joint, in this case the thumb joint, is forced beyond its normal range of movement. A bad pass, or an awkward collision can cause such an injury.
There are three degrees of sprains. Each has its symptoms
First degree symptoms – a first degree sprain is when the ligaments have been stretched but not torn. Symptoms include:
Some joint instability
Mild joint stiffness
An athlete typically recovers in 2-10 days.
Second degree symptoms – a second degree sprain is a partial tearing of the ligament. Symptoms include:
Some loss of motion
Typical recovery time is 10-30 days.
Third degree symptoms -– a third degree is the most severe of injuries. With this sprain, the ligament has been torn completely. Symptoms include:
Instability of the joint
Extreme loss of motion
May require surgery to repair the ligaments
Recovery can be anywhere from 30-90 days or more
Based not the fact that Ross is out for at least two weeks, has been spotted wearing a cast and no surgery recommendations have been reported. I am guessing he is suffering from a second degree thumb sprain. The cast is most likely to prevent any re-injury.
Treatment will often include a variety of modalities to reduce inflammation and reduce pain followed by active rehabilitation to strengthen the ligaments. Common therapies that I use in practice include
Thanks for checking out our first Sports Injury Corner and if you or someone you know might be suffering from a thumb sprain give me a call at 416-777-9355 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nekessa Remy is a health and wellness professional & expert with a passion for sports injury prevention and enabling...