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What is a Fractured Thumb?

A fractured thumb is a break in one of the bones within the thumb. This is a traumatic acute injury which is initially treated with immobilisation in a plaster of paris. This allows the bones to reunite and heal. This protects the injury from further damage as this will be a weakened area. Physiotherapy can assist speed the recovery of the bone healing through electrotherapy, but their main involvement is with the rehabilitation of the injury once the bones have healed.

Therapist performing passive stretches to the thumb to maintain connective tissue lengthAbove: Therapist performing passive stretches to the thumb to maintain connective tissue length

Physiotherapy for a Fractured Thumb

The physiotherapists at offer a personalised professional service to assist with the recovery and rehabilitation of a fractured thumb. Physiotherapy can help with the following:
  • Restoring normal full movement
  • Decreasing pain
  • Decreasing joint stiffness
  • Increasing strength
  • Optimising healing
  • Speeding the healing and recovery process
  • Advising on self-management strategies
There are a variety of treatments which the experienced physiotherapists may use. They will develop a treatment plan for you which may incorporate some of the following:
  • Stretching exercises
  • Range of movement exercises
  • Strengthening exercises
  • Pain management
  • Electrotherapy
  • Heat and ice therapy
These treatments will be designed and personalised to meet your own specific rehabilitation requirements.


A fractured thumb is debilitating and needs to be rehabilitated fully to allow full function to return. The physiotherapists at are experienced clinicians who will offer a full assessment and rehabilitation service. To arrange an appointment please contact us or call 0330 088 7800.

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