I have a shooting pain in my thumb when I do certain activities involving grabbing something. There is no swelling or pain under normal movement but when I stretch the thumb or use it to grab the dog leash for instance, I get a severe shooting pain radiating from the base to the tip. Do I need to see my doctor or a specialist? Well, I've never ever told someone they shouldn't see doctor. There could be all sorts of weird, rare medical issues causing that. Still, chances are good that you have some thumb specific Tendonitis or Tenosynovitis.
The Hand Clinic
A sprain is an injury to a ligament, which is a soft tissue that connects bones to each other at joints. The most common ligament to be injured in the thumb is the ulnar collateral ligament. This helps connect the thumb to the hand on the side near the index finger. It allows the thumb to act like a post. The radial collateral ligament is on the other side of the thumb.
Thumb Tendonitis or Thumb Tenosynovitis? Shooting Pain In The Thumb
Broken thumb injuries are highly debilitating and a common cause of thumb pain and hand swelling. Being the shortest finger of a hand, injury to the thumb is less likely. Since, the other fingers face traumatic events earlier and reflex prompt withdrawal keeps the thumb remains relatively safe. Even when falling on the ground, a person tends to injure the wrist or have a dislocated finger more often, compared to the thumb.
A thumb sprain occurs when the thumb is bent out of its normal range of movement, usually backward. It is common in skiing, rugby, and basketball. If a sprained thumb is not treated properly it can recur and be a long term weakness. A thumb sprain is simply a tear or stretching of any of the ligaments in the thumb.