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How is skier's thumb symptoms treated?

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  • Apply ice to lower swelling.
  • Keep the thumb still with an elastic bandage or brace.
  • Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for pain. Don’t give aspirin to anyone under age 19.
  • See your doctor as soon as possible. You likely will need to X-ray the thumb.

If the ligament is partly torn, a cast or splint will help keep the thumb immobile. A fully torn ligament may require surgery.

From: Skier's Thumb Treatment WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Thumb."

Children's Memorial Hospital: "Skier or gamekeeper thumb (ulnar collateral ligament injury)."

American Society For Surgery of the Hand: "Thumb Sprains."

Beutler, A.  Dec. 15, 2009. Am Fam Physician.

Skier's Thumb Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: "Sprained Thumb."

Children's Memorial Hospital: "Skier or gamekeeper thumb (ulnar collateral ligament injury)."

American Society For Surgery of the Hand: "Thumb Sprains."

Beutler, A.  Dec. 15, 2009. Am Fam Physician.

Skier's Thumb Information from eMedicineHealth.

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on January 15, 2018

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