A Pain in the Thumb…

How do we stop it?

We need our thumbs…no question, right?

So what do we do when we have pain in our thumbs?  The answer to this depends on what type of pain we have.  For the most part, though, there are a few simple and effective ways to do this:

MOIST HEAT – No electric blankets here! Make sure its the microwavable type of heat pads.  You can find them in most pharmacies.  Paraffin baths are also great.  They can be found in health and beauty supply stores.

GENTLE COMPRESSION GLOVES – I recommend the Norco Tipless Compression Gloves that can be found online at www.ncmedical.com.  These can be worn at night or day to help keep the joints warm and swelling down, which decreases pain.

SUPPORT WRAPS – Finding the right support to help decrease thumb pain can be very tricky.  There are many different types on the market, but often you need a support that is customized to fit your unique hand that allows you to function in your everyday life.  Hand 2 Hand Therapy can help you do this 🙂

MANUAL THERAPY – Certified Hand Therapists are experts at finding what areas need to be addressed to help thumb pain using specialized manual techniques and massage. At Hand 2 Hand Therapy, we provide patients with this specialized care as well as with education on how to avoid stressful positions, use of adaptive equipment, and help with finding the right support splint for your specific needs.

I hope these tips help you…

For more info or to schedule a consult…give us a call 🙂

Hand 2 Hand Therapy




About Lisa

Lisa Kozden, MOT,OTR/L,CHT,COMT is an Occupational/Certified Hand & Upper Extremity Therapist/Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist who has been treating patients with shoulder/elbow/wrist & hand injuries over the last 15 years. Lisa is co-owner of Hand 2 Hand Therapy, LLC and treats patients in the Plains, PA office. In 2014, Lisa earned a specialty certification as a Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) through the International Academy of Orthopedic Medicine (IAOM-US.com). Lisa is currently enrolled in an Occupational Therapy PhD program at Nova Southeastern University and is a full-time OT Faculty Specialist at the University of Scranton teaching hand and upper extremity rehabilitation to seniors in the OT Master of Science Program.
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