Skier’s thumb (gamekeeper’s thumb) injury prevention

So I will be honest when I tell you I have never heard of this injury before, I mean I know people can hurt their thumb, but never heard of this and not an injury I hear a lot about when it comes to sports. I don’t ski so this isn’t something I would have been aware of, but for all you who do, have you heard of this injury before, has this ever happened to you? Feel free to share your experience and story in the comment section. I had to do some digging to see what this injury consisted of, and luckily for you I found a source that was able to be helpful in explaining it more in depth, but for my fellow readers, I will use short sentences to give you an idea as to what this is. 

 

What is “skier’s thumb”

An injury to the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) of the thumb. The UCL is either torn, damaged or ‘avulsed’ from the insertion site. 

 

How does this injury happen?

Any extreme force that pulls the thumb away from the palm of the hand

 
  • downhill skiing
  • fall on your hand with thumb stretched out
  • when a skier falls down while holding the ski pole

So it might be more common that I had thought. 

 

Symptoms:

  • painful
  • swollen
  • thumb may feel weak when pinched or grasp something
  • bruise like discolorations around the joint
  • difficult to hold or squeeze things
  • there might be a bump around the surrounding area

Treatment options:

  • Partial tears don’t need surgery usually. Thumb will need immobilized for about 4 to six weeks in a special cast. 
  • If completely torn- chances are you will need surgery, normally done as an outpatient procedure. 

Rehab will be needed in both cases to gain strength and ROM back. 

 

I don’t know about you guys but this doesn’t seem like a fun injury to have – so try to be careful next time you go skiing or when you take a fall. Like,comment, share, and follow!

 

Fitness WonderWoman

Shay-lon 

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