Skier's Thumb Treatment

1. Treat Symptoms

  • Apply ice to reduce swelling.
  • Immobilize the thumb with an elastic bandage or brace.

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 typically be immobilized with a splint or cast. A fully torn ligament may require surgery.
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on January 15, 2018

Sources

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. Am Fam Physician. Dec. 15, 2009.

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