Bennett's fracture is a fracture and dislocation of the base of the thumb, common in boxers, rugby players and goal keepers.
Signs & symptoms:
- Severe pain around the base of the thumb
- Rapid swelling of the thumb and wrist
- Instability of the thumb joint
Due to possible long term functional instability associated with this injury orthopaedic surgeon may advocate surgical fixation to repair the fracture.
Physiotherapy is required after healing has occurred and aims to restore range of motion, reduce pain and increase muscle strength.[...]