Doctor's Notes on Skier's Thumb Symptoms, Diagnosis, Test. Taping, Surgery, and Prevention
Skier's thumb is an injury of ligament that connects the bones of the thumb together. Partial injuries to the ligament are usually treated with immobilization. In severe cases where the ligament is completely torn, surgery is the only option. The stability of the ligament is important because it is essential to the grasping function of the thumb.
Symptoms of skier's thumb may include 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), pain at the base of the thumb in the web space between thumb and index finger, swelling of the thumb, blue or black discoloration of the skin over the thumb, thumb pain that worsens with movement in any or all directions, and pain in the wrist (which may be referred pain from the thumb).
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