I went on a 3 hour ride last fri night, half road and half dirt (not very rocky or technical), when I woke up sat morning my thumb had a great deal of pain and my grip strength is reduced. I couldn't hold my own plate of food last night.
this thumb opposition exercise is a bit painful. when doing this and squeezing the thumb toward the opposite side of the hand, the pain becomes sharp.
the pain seems to be coming from the area where carpals and metacarpals meet on my right thumb.
There doesn't appear to be any swelling, I don't know if the pain is from muscle, joint, bone, ligment or any other parts of my hand anatomy. I already missed two days of excellent riding weather this weekend and the pain is not any less this morning. thanks.
Anytime I feel any pain i blame it on age Sprains used to heal in 3 days or just a week kung nasty na sprain Now , they dont seem to heal at all
I just soak in a tub of scalding water Cheaper and just as good as a great massage I got this from guys doing MMA , they get banged up more
" When I'm eating,that's all I think about / If I'm on the march, I just concentrate on marching / If I have to fight,it will be just as good a day to die as any other / If you can concentrate always on the present,you'll be a happy man " - the Camel Driver
I'm pretty sure it's not old age, but I'm creeping up there in years.
It's an injury from the night ride I was on. I didn't crash, nor do I know exactly when it happened. It was a cold ride and my feet and hands were numb so I didn't feel pain at the time of injury. I'm guessing that I took a jarring hit from a rock/rut and since my whole body was tense from the cold and I wasn't my relaxed self. My bike is fully rigid, so being tense is not a good way to absorb shocks to the body.
I was hoping someone had experienced a similar injury to the around the carpo-metacarpel joint. There's some slight swelling beneath or deep in the muscle, so hopefully it just a sprain.
Allegra, I think your suggestion of heat will increase circulation and help the injury heal faster. I'll give it a try.
I'd show it to a doctor, preferably an ortho specialist with a sports med background. Some years back I decided to just tough it out on a joint injury, and the result was permanent damage to the joint, no more running or soccer. Lesson learned the hard way... never hurts to have professional advice!
"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" - Hunter S. Thompson
Point taken, dayuhan. I'm going to give it another couple of days to see if the swelling and pain subsists. It's a fairly minor injury, I think, but I wouldn't want to lose any of my fine motor skills in my dominant hand.
Last time I had a joint injury, I self diagnosed a type 1 shoulder separation and the doctor and x-rays confirmed my suspicion. I like to have information when talking to my MD. I find that informing myself ahead of time solicits better answers and care from our doctors here who always want to push the current patient out the door to get the body count up for the day. It's a shame, but the uninformed patient will get less attention and care. At least that's my experience with HMOs. I can only wish I had direct access to a sports ortho specialist, but I gotta get past my general practioner and get a referral.