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Thumb Ligament Injury & Repair

What is a Thumb Ligament injury?

Ligaments are tissues that hold bone to bone and keep joints from dislocating.When they are torn during a trauma, pain and instability can result.The most common thumb ligament injury is that of the thumb ulnar collateral ligament.This is also known as Skier’s Thumb or, when chronic, called Gamekeeper’s Thumb.

Diagnosis of Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

Your doctor can usually make the diagnosis of thumb ligament injury by examining the thumb. X-rays of the joint may be ordered and often an MRI is necessary.

Treatment for Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury

Non-surgical treatment methods for some acute injuries include activity modification, antiinflammatory medications, and use of splints. Surgery is often considered for more severe injuries and complete tears.There are new modern techniques popularized including ‘internal brace’ devices.Chronic cases may frequently require ligament reconstruction.