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Skier's Thumb (Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprain): Rehab Exercises

Introduction

Here are some examples of exercises for you to try. The exercises may be suggested for a condition or for rehabilitation. Start each exercise slowly. Ease off the exercises if you start to have pain.

You will be told when to start these exercises and which ones will work best for you.

How to do the exercises

Thumb IP flexion

Picture of the thumb IP flexion exercise
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slide 1 of 2, Thumb IP flexion,
  1. Place your forearm and hand on a table. Your problem thumb should point up.
  2. With your other hand, hold your thumb steady just below the joint nearest your thumbnail.
  3. Bend the tip of your thumb down. Then straighten it.
  4. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
  5. Do this exercise several times a day.

Thumb MP flexion

Picture of the thumb MP flexion exercise
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  1. Place your forearm and hand on a table. Your problem thumb should point up.
  2. With your other hand, hold the base of your thumb and palm steady.
  3. Bend your thumb downward where it meets your palm. Then straighten it.
  4. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
  5. Do this exercise several times a day.

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.

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