First post and reason for me joining this forum... Well, I broke my thumb some time ago and didn't realise - I thought the joint was bruised as it didn't hurt all that much and was only swollen a little.
Anyway, the joint is pretty locked up now (not the knuckle but the top joint.) It only moves a little, I would say about 30°.
I'm just wondering if anyone has a problem like this in their hands and how it has effected their climbing? I used to climb about 3 times a week and was really progressing, and now I am too afraid to return to the wall.
I know this sounds silly but advice or sharing experiences would really help!
Did you subsequently have an x-ray and/or a dr look at it? Assuming they said that it's ok to use it, exercise etc I would just have a go and see what it feels like. Obviously start with super easy routes that don't involve using the thumb and build up really gradually - I won't be surprised if over time you get more range back.
I haven't got any direct experience but I did have ligament reconstruction in both my thumbs a very long time ago - not the same as your injury obviously but it hasn't been a problem for me. Also about 6 months ago I somehow managed to punch a hold with an open hand while bouldering - went straight to hospital and luckily there was no fracture but one of my knuckles took a long time to come back to normal. Are you sure yours was broken, could it be that there is still swelling there?