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Broken Thumb

Comparing One Side to the Other Helps Illustrate Swelling


Updated July 26, 2010

Broken Thumb
(c) Anna Hirsch
The best way to identify swelling is to compare sides. Looking at these two thumbs, it's obvious the one on the left side of the image is bigger than the one on the right.

Ice, compression and elevation are the gold standards for keeping swelling down in the first couple days after an injury. If the function of a thumb or finger is compromised, it's time to go see the doctor and get an x-ray.

Any opinions expressed here are for educational purposes only and are not intended for diagnosis.

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