I fell from my road bike about 3 weeks back. I have a small fracture at the base of right thumb. According to my doctor (Hand specialist) -
the ligament at the base of my left thumb has pulled away. He suggested I do an MRI ($2500) - to figure out how far the ligament has pulled away. Becos - he said if it is close to the bone - it will fuse itself. Now he says - the MRI results are not totally clear - but he recommends surgery to bring the ligament closer to my thumb - becos if I don't then it could result in instability and loss of strength. And that I should get it done soon.
Fot the first ten days of my injury - I did not even visit the doctor. yes there was pain and swelling but i ignored it. Then i got some x-rays. and then visited the hand specialist. I have been wearing a temporary cast which I can remove. I wear it through out teh day on both my hands - only removing it at nights. I ahve been driving, typing, cutting(slowly), holding wine and beer. The right thumb(broken) is in much better shape than the left one. The left thumb (on which he is suggesting surgery) is still weaker than before and is still swollen at the base.
I would like to avoid surgery if possible - to avoid the cost and the hassle. But at the same time I don't want to do anything that could possibily jeopardize my skiing future.
Help! what should I do?