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Skier's Thumb Treatment

1. Treat Symptoms

  • Apply ice to reduce swelling.
  • Immobilize the thumb with an elastic bandage or brace.
  • Give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) for pain. Do not give aspirin to anyone under age 18.

2. See a Health Care Provider as Soon as Possible

3. Follow Up

  • The health care provider will likely X-ray the person's thumb.
  • A partially torn ligament will be immobilized with a splint or cast. A fully torn ligament may require surgery.

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Reviewed by David Kiefer, MD on November 08, 2013

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