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constructordeguitarras

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Alza Pua Sprained Thumb 

After a lot of alza pua practice, my thumb has felt sprained, and the bump at the base on the bone (near the web) is much bigger. Has anyone else experienced this?

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JasonM

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RE: Alza Pua Sprained Thumb (in reply to constructordeguitarras

I usually strain my thumb at the next joint up when practicing pulgar lines for a long time. But I feel it on top of the bump like you described. It can take a long period of rest (for me) before I can get back into the game without reactivating it.
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etta

 

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RE: Alza Pua Sprained Thumb (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Yes, Ethan; I have had the same problem exactly as you describe. I went to a highly recommended young hand surgeon and he said he could "just go in and clean things up." He also stated the full recovery could take up to three months. At that I asked if continued use would cause permanent danger. His "no" response was the clincher. I kept playing but did find relieve by soaking a cotton ball in a epsom salt solution and taping it to the joint every night. The pain and swelling decreased greatly in a few days. Since that time, about a two years ago, I have had no more problems except a little soreness if I play very hard for a long period. But, it never hurts to consult with a physician. Good Luck
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RE: Alza Pua Sprained Thumb (in reply to constructordeguitarras

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the bump at the base on the bone (near the web)


Having trouble visualizing the location from the description (it may be my English.) Do you mean here?



P.S. never mind the vein drawings and labels; just an image I am using from the internet.

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constructordeguitarras

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RE: Alza Pua Sprained Thumb (in reply to kitarist

Jason, Etta, and Kitarist, thanks for your support. Kitarist, no that's not the spot. It's lower down in your picture, near the bottom of the Cephalic vein, just below the intersection where it connects with a short vein from the index finger. See photos here: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10220862609098204&set=pcb.2490062317929782&type=3&theater&ifg=1
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RE: Alza Pua Sprained Thumb (in reply to constructordeguitarras

Ah OK. The closest to that spot is the extensor pollicis longus tendon (long tendon of the thumb) and the sheath that envelopes both longus and brevis extensor tendons. I am assuming you can move you thumb, so you have not torn anything, it is just irritated.. The other thing that happens close to that region is "skier's/gamekeeper's thumb" where the ulnar collateral ligament gets injured/torn. That's the bone-to-bone connection at the MCP thumb joint on the side of the 'web'.

In any of these the general treatment seems to be rest it, take anti-inflammatories (like Advil), wait 4-6 weeks for it to heal. But of course do consult a physician if you can.





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RE: Alza Pua Sprained Thumb (in reply to constructordeguitarras

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the bump at the base on the bone (near the web) is much bigger. Has anyone else experienced this?


Sorry to hear that. If it is any consolation I traumatised my right thumb when I was hit and run on my bike many years ago. The lower base knuckle to which you, I believe, are referring to is still quite larger than my left thumb but it has never given me problems with pain. However I still blame that for my poor pulgar/alza pua. Gotta look for excuses anywhere I can.

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