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Aug 11, 2017 09:12:35   #
Pearls Girls (a regular here)
 
Has anyone else needed a new thumb joint due to aggressive use of their hands in knitting? I tore the ligament at the bottom of my thumb that holds the joints in place. Dr. said it was from over use of the hands. It is important to have 2 hands to use for craft work. It let go (tore )when I went to push off the couch to get up after some knitting. I've pretty much been isolated to one hand since 12/6/2016. Am I the only one that this has happened to? I hope it does not happen to you. I had to have the joint at the base of my thumb replaced. I still buy fabric and yarn when on sale, or if I really like it, hoping that I will soon be able to knit & quilt again. Just wondering and questioning?
 
Aug 11, 2017 09:19:13   #
knityknot (a regular here)
 
Oh ouch I really hope your thumb soon gets better and you are soon back to your crafts. Good luck and you have my sympathy.
Aug 11, 2017 09:25:33   #
tmvasquez (a regular here)
 
Yikes, I can still use my hands but I get a pain at the base of my thumb on my left hand if I crochet.
Aug 11, 2017 09:28:16   #
SeasideKnit (a regular here)
 
I had a repetitive stress injury to my right thumb back in Fall 2008. I went to a hand surgeon and he said, well, this probably won't work but I'll give you a cortisone injection, don't use your right hand and come back in a month (because I was leaving for Christmas vacation). I barely moved my right hand on that vacation and, by a miracle, the shot worked so I didn't need surgery. I realized that I had "dodged a bullet" and I learned my lesson.

Ever since then I really limit the amount of continuous time I spend knitting or doing any repetitive tasks. I got rid of my desktop computer with the external mouse which seemed to aggravate my hand by stretching the thumb away from my hand and switched over to a laptop with a flat mouse which doesn't bother my thumb/hand at all. This might sound silly but I also bought all new glasses which are smaller at the base so I don't stretch my thumb/hand as much as before.

Anyway, it's verging on 9 years and I haven't had a recurrence but I am vigilant. I wish you all the best with healing and hope that you can get back to knitting and quilting again even if it's only in small sessions like I've been doing.
Aug 11, 2017 09:28:58   #
antiqueone (a regular here)
 
I don't happen to know anyone who has had that done, so can't relate on a personal level, but having joints replaced, in general, is done so that our lives can continue as they were before the problem, and can think of no reason the thumb wouldn't be the same. Any restrictions I have due to hip replacement are due to general loss of flexibility due to age rather than the replacement. I would suggest that you give the surgeon's office a call, and ask if you will be limited after healing and whatever rehab you need. Good luck.
Aug 11, 2017 09:29:16   #
clavettek (a regular here)
 
No but I did have to have the ligament in my thumb month and I have a disease called declare veins which they have to work on the ligament that leads to come to the wrist and I know that I was 6 to 8 weeks where I could not use my hand at all that was over 20 some odd years ago and so far it's been good .
 
Aug 11, 2017 09:40:07   #
YNotCrochet (a regular here)
 
tmvasquez wrote:
Yikes, I can still use my hands but I get a pain at the base of my thumb on my left hand if I crochet.


That is exactly what happens to me but the doctor says it is arthritis. Ice helps sometimes when I bother to use it.
Aug 11, 2017 09:40:21   #
kendknitter (a regular here)
 
That's just awful. I hate the pain you've been through and I hope you are able to craft again soon. Bless you!
Aug 11, 2017 09:43:52   #
nonak (a regular here)
 
I'm so sorry. I have had issues with my thumbs because of lots of computer use - but any repetitive motion in your hands can cause problems.
Aug 11, 2017 09:46:48   #
Magicnymph
 
I did something like that... Motercycle jounced the wrong way/time and I damaged the joint in my thumb it took several years to completely heal.
Aug 11, 2017 09:52:47   #
Pearls Girls (a regular here)
 
tmvasquez wrote:
Yikes, I can still use my hands but I get a pain at the base of my thumb on my left hand if I crochet.

Are you able to hold anything in your left hand? Is is painful to pinch finger and thumb together? It could be arthritic joint . That is what was replaced in my left hand with a spare tendon from my arm. The burning pain is gone now but I have to go through more O.T. to train the new joint to move properly.
 
Aug 11, 2017 09:52:48   #
hobbyknit
 
If it tore, It will take about 4 months before you see any progress. If you splint it It won't hurt as much, and I truly know how you feel.I fell and tore ligament in my right hand and it hurt so bad, If you hold your hand up the pain will lessen. Good Luck to you!
Aug 11, 2017 09:57:31   #
Pearls Girls (a regular here)
 
hobbyknit wrote:
If it tore, It will take about 4 months before you see any progress. If you splint it It won't hurt as much, and I truly know how you feel.I fell and tore ligament in my right hand and it hurt so bad, If you hold your hand up the pain will lessen. Good Luck to you!

I was in O.T. for 6 months. . . no improvement. When I saw hand surgeon, he said 6 more months after surgery. Braces for 1st 6 months as they ruled out Carpel Tunnel etc. In a cast for 12 more weeks and then OT. I am finally gaining. Elevation during this whole time to keep pain & swelling down. Lots of Netflix & sleeping through pain.
Aug 11, 2017 10:00:56   #
evelyn74
 
I've actually never heard of it, but there's a lot I've never heard of! Are you left handed? Is it your dominant hand? If it's not, I think you may be able to learn to do your crafts a different way. I mean, I use my left hand for holding mostly - with most things actually being done with my right hand. But I do wish you the best! The most important part is taking care of yourself.
Aug 11, 2017 10:30:20   #
Pearls Girls (a regular here)
 
I pass this on as a warning everyone, please don't over do. Yes I am right handed but could not even use left to hold anything. I hold jars under my arm to open covers with an assist. (that leaves a lot of pinch bruises.) I met a friend a few weeks before surgery. She neither quilts or knits (54) but is active she had same problem & same Dr so I was not fearful once I had the right Dr. She is good now & is considering having the right hand done now. . . I was told it happens to women after menopause etc. (Sexist). My son(33) in Calif. says young people come in to the gym all the time with the same injury. He is hopefully taking more precautions than usual.
I guess I am mostly moaning because I have spent the entire winter, spring and summer in the 'pain' of not being able to do anything; No knitting, No quilting, No gardening, No exercise so to speak, and No anything. I am trying to be very patient; but, am being tired of being a patient. I am hoping that I am still able to do some of the same crafts.
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