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hand injury Bennet Fracture Sinan Özeren

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I broke my thumb while skiing on the slopes of Uludag in NW Turkey. It was a hesitation fall on my back, my thumb simply got entangled in the strap and CRACK, a typical Bennet fracture ( I then learned that this is a very common ski fracture. I went to an orthopedical clinic 2 days after the fall (the pain was not unbearable but I started to get suspicious after the bruises started to look serious). They have put it in a cast for a month. After a very boring month, the doctor who removed the cast and checked the x-ray said that it did not completely heal but that he did not want to put another cast because I needed exercise, he said they would leave the physical therapy to me, rather than to a specialized physical therapy unit. Since then (3 months after the removal of the cast) I tried to systematically exercise, sometimes using a rubber torus. I am fine but I STILL have some pain 4 months after the fall, especially when I move my thumb inward. I am also a fencer, because of this I still cannot fence. Any idea ? Is it normal that I still have some pain ? What should I do ?

Thank you for reading.

M. Sinan Özeren

Istanbul Tech. University


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Thumb injuries can take a long time to heal.


I don't know about Bennet fractures specifically; when I went to the emergency room, I decided not to wait out the 15 hours it would have taken to see a doctor or get it x-rayed.  I did not get a cast.  I just didn't use my thumb for a few weeks.  It still does not have the same range of motion as the other one, and it still hurst when I use it forcefully, a few months later.  I've heard people say it took a year or two for their thumbs to heal.

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Thank you for the info Ghost. I hope that the pain will gradually decrease. I will never put my hands through the straps again. I tend to ski fast and when I fall I usually slide a long distance. Especially at late hours when people start to leave the slopes this presents the problem of not having anyone anymore who can carry down the batton to you and therefore having to climb all the way up to collect the battons but this is better than fracturing a thumb that gives you years of trouble.

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Fortunately for me, I wasn't wearing the straps.  I think it would likely have been torn off if I had been wearing them.  Most times, I don't notice the thumb, but if I check it doesn't bend as much as the other one, and it I will notice it when I pressure it.


What time doesn't heal, you get used to.

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Several months passed and I feel better. The thumb still did not completely heal and I have doubts whether it will ever do. I definitely have less pain during inward thumb motion. When I force the thumb backwards, I feel  somewhat more strain than I think  I should, but that is okay. Visually, I see a very very slight morphological change in the joint if I look at the joint from a particular angle and compare it with the left thumb joint. Will restart fencing next week and excited :)
Anyone skiing should think twice about the straps...
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Ive broken both thumbs, one more severe than the other.  The worse one took years to feel really good but has never felt 100%.  The other I broke less than 2 years ago and its perfect.  So it may take a while depending on how severe.
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