Right thumb ligament issues.

Patient

Q: I just visited an orthopedic yesterday for possible torn (UCL) and (RCL) in my right thumb. He gave me a steroid (cortisone) shot into what looked like the UCL (near web). I was already wearing a thumb spica for almost three weeks when i visited him. He implied that the splint wasn't doing much and after he gave me the shot, said that i don't have to wear the splint anymore and that if anything, i should be moving my thumb around. My question is, does this seem like something accurate MOST orthopedics would say? I have always been told that you should be immobilized if anything. I have had an X-Ray, but the results came back with a normal bone structure. No MRI has been taken yet. I am doing exactly what he told me to do. Thanks again. Also, i injured my right thumb a month ago and have worn the splint for almost three weeks so we can have that cleared.

Symptoms:  Swelling disappeared after a couple of days.
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