Bowlers Thumb: Cause, Diagnosis and Treatment

Bowlers thumb is caused by the deposition of fibrous tissue around one of the two nerves carrying sensation from the thumb.

This occurs from repeated pressure over the nerve during bowling.

It is usually seen in bowlers who bowl more than twice a week.

Symptoms include

  • tingling and increased sensation in the tip and pulp of the thumb
  • wasting of the skin over the pulp of the thumb
  • presence of a small tender nodule in the thumb

Treatment includes

  • rest from bowling
  • use of a sheath or splint to protect from repeated injury

If there is no relief with the above treatment methods then surgery is done. In surgery the nerve is shifted to a different position. It is now protected from repeated injury.

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This page was last updated on 13th March 2009.

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