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Skier's Thumb Treatment

Medically Reviewed by Tyler Wheeler, MD on January 26, 2020

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.