Skier's or gamekeeper's thumb is a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. This injury happens when your thumb is pulled back or to the side, away from your fingers. It often happens when skiers fall on an outstretched hand while holding a ski pole.
Rest and other measures at home can help heal a mild injury. You may need to wear a splint or a cast for 4 to 6 weeks. If your injury is severe or not improving, your doctor may refer you to an orthopedic or hand specialist to decide if you need surgery.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: March 21, 2017
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Herbert von Schroeder, MD, MSc, FRCS(C) - Orthopedics, Hand and Microvascular Surgery
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