Thumb Dislocation

ExitCare ImageA thumb dislocation happens when your thumb bone separates from where it connects to your hand. Thumb dislocation is caused by a very strong force against your thumb joint.

Your doctor will have to put your thumb bone back in the joint by hand or through surgery. A cast or splint will be placed around your thumb and the joint. The splint or cast will keep your thumb from moving while it heals.


  • Rest your injured joint. Do not move it.

  • Put ice on your injured joint for 1 to 2 days or as told by your doctor.

  • Put ice in a plastic bag.

  • Place a towel between your skin and the bag.

  • Leave the ice on for 15 to 20 minutes, every 2 hours while you are awake.

  • Raise (elevate) your hand above your heart as told by your doctor.

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.


  • Your cast becomes damaged.

  • Your pain becomes worse, not better.

  • You lose feeling in your thumb or cannot move the tip of your thumb.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.