A skier’s thumb is an injury that occurs mainly in skiing. Your ulnar collateral ligaments (UCL) of the thumb are badly injured, which can cause severe damage. Strong ligaments support the thumb, and if they are torn completely, it can cause severe inflammation, weakness, and instability in the thumb.

Skier's thumb can also be caused by any traumatic accident that forces a thumb to bend backwards or to the side. For example, if the driver's thumb is stretched over the steering wheel in a car accident, there are high chances of getting a skier's thumb. You may feel sharp pain, visible swelling, and bruising around the affected area and also feel difficulty in moving your thumb and weakness when pinching or gripping an object.
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It depends on the severity of the ligament injury in your thumb, whether it needs surgery or not. However, most situations treat UCL injuries without surgery with casting and later a thumb brace. Ulnar collateral ligament might take up to three months to completely recover and continue regular activities.

Anyone with thumb pain should seek medical attention, especially if it lasts more than a few days. Even though minor tears or sprains do not require treatment, a doctor may advise wearing a splint or support to prevent further injury and reduce pain.

X-rays are taken to check if the thumb is fractured in most cases, although a diagnosis usually can be obtained based on symptoms and tests. Advanced imaging, like an MRI, can be used to assess the tear levels in the ligament and help select treatment of the injury.

Using a brace is one of the most effective ways to speed up the healing process. 360 relief thumb supports and braces are designed to support the ligaments and joints of the thumb. They are available in different colours and sizes, and they can help relieve thumb pain while providing comfort and protection.

What Is Skiers' Thumb?

Skiers’ Thumb is an injury caused by damage to the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb. Mostly, it happens due to skiing accidents.

What Causes Skiers' Thumb?

Skier’s Thumb usually occurs when one of the two main supporting ligaments of the thumb, such as the Ulnar Collateral Ligament, are overextended abruptly beyond its limit. It usually occurs when a skier falls with an extended hand while holding a ski pole.

How Much Time Does It Take To Heal Skiers' Thumb?

It depends on the severity of the injury. It can take 03 weeks or as long as 08 weeks after you start treatment. Your healthcare provider will ask you to begin exercise during recovery. It will help regain strength and movement in your thumb.

Does Skiers' Thumb Require Surgery?

Yes, you may need surgery if thumb ligaments are stretched or torn severely. Surgery may also be required in case of injury to the nearby bones or tissues.

Can Skiers' Thumb Recover On Its Own?

No, a Skier’s Thumb cannot heal itself. If the ligament is minor injured, it may need physiotherapy. However, in severe conditions, you may require surgery.

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