Skier’s Thumb is an injury of the Ulnar (on the little finger side of the hand) Collateral (side) Ligament (UCL) of the thumb. Skier’s Thumb is usually due to a fall on the thumb or a jamming injury that pushes the thumb sideways, away from the hand. This injury is commonly seen in skier’s who catch their thumb on their ski poles as they fall. A complete tear of the UCL will result in an unstable joint that literally “falls” away from the hand. This injury is a common sports related injury.
Acute pain along with instability at the MCP joint (the joint at the level of the web space) after a fall or jamming injury are the common symptoms of Skier’s Thumb. You may actually have heard a “tearing” sound when you fell. Your thumb may bend away from your hand and it will be difficult to straighten it back up.
How a 3-Point Splint Can Help
3-Point has several splints designed to stabilize and protect the thumb MCP joint. In mild cases if the ligament remains attached to the bone and is simply inflamed or irritated, splinting with the 3pp ThumSpica or 3pp ThumSpica Plus may allow the ligament to heal itself. In severe cases or for protection during play, the ThumSaver MP, ThumSaver CMC Short or the 3pp Ultra MP or 3pp Ultra Spica will protect the thumb from further injury until surgery can be performed to reattach the ligament.
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