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Skier's Thumb (cont.)

Skier's Thumb Symptoms

These signs and symptoms may occur minutes to hours after the fall that created the injury.

  • Pain at the base of the thumb in the web space between thumb and index finger
  • Swelling of the thumb
  • Inability to grasp or weakness of grasp between the thumb and index finger (most important)
  • Tenderness to the touch along the index finger side of the thumb (most important)
  • Blue or black discoloration of the skin over the thumb
  • Thumb pain that worsens with movement in any or all directions
  • Pain in the wrist (which may be referred pain from the thumb)

When to Seek Medical Care

If a person experiences any of the symptoms of skier's thumb following an injury, call a doctor as soon as possible. Follow the doctor's instructions about special home care considerations and find out when the thumb can be checked.

If a person determines that skier's thumb is possible, considering the way your accident happened, then the injured person should be taken by car to a hospital's emergency department. There is no need to go by ambulance unless that is the only means of transportation or there is another more serious injury associated with the accident.

An alternative to the emergency department would be an office visit to an orthopedic surgeon (bone specialist) or hand surgeon's clinic. If an orthopedic surgeon is available to see the patient on the day of the injury, it is more efficient to go see the surgeon directly instead from the emergency department's referral.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/25/2016
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Skier's Thumb - Causes

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Injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) of the thumb were first recognized as an occupational condition in European gamekeepers.

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