Skier's Thumb (cont.)
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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 12/10/2014
Justin Strittmatter, MD
Charles Preston, MD
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