Thumb Spica Taping

Typically, taping a thumb spica for slight thumb tendonitis or general tenderness is an effort to immobilize the wrist joint from rotating. Thumb taping is also an effort to limit the hook grasping properties of the thumb with the other fingers. Spicas, also known as thumb splints, differ from casts in that the injury is normally non-emergency level. You should always consult your health care provider to determine the level of severity of your injury. That said, thumb spica taping is easily done with the use of basic products found at Walmart or your neighborhood drug store.

Thumb taping is a primary healing measure for light tweaks of the thumb tendons connecting the wrist to the hand, usually around the scaphoid bone. Such injuries could result from playing golf or racket sports, playing the guitar, or even prolonged typing on a keyboard. Stabilizing the thumb and wrist through the use of a spica will allow the swelling that occurs in this condition to subside after a few weeks, depending on the initial prognosis by your doctor of the injury.

Below is a great thumb spica taping video to assist you if your doctor has decided taping is the best course of action.

Thumb Tendonitis Symptoms

Thumb tendonitis symptoms are mainly pain at the thumb side of the wrists, between your hand and your arm. Other notable symptoms for tendonitis of the thumbs could be tenderness and spasms around the wrist area, near the large pointy bone (scaphoid bone). Sometimes the tendonitis can cause swelling over and around the thumb side of the wrist, or cause a mild burning sensation. These manifestations can and will cause difficulty gripping and overall lack of hand motor skills. Usually these symptoms grow over time and can become unbearable. Even though we are talking about tendonitis of the thumb, the pain can often travel up into the forearm and elbow, and all the way to the pinkie side of the hand.