Skier’s thumb, also known as gamekeeper’s thumb or, officially, a UCL tear, is one of the most common skiing injuries. It is estimated this complaint accounts for around eight to ten percent of all injuries on the slopes. While not often serious, skier’s thumb can be quite painful. Fortunately, there are a number of home and medical remedies and treatments available that will alleviate the pain and help the injury heal quickly.
1. What Is Skier’s Thumb?
Skier’s thumb is a common name for an injury to the soft tissue (ligaments) that connects the bones in the thumb. Injury to this area makes grasping items with the thumb very painful and sometimes impossible. A fall on the slopes with a ski pole in hand is the most common cause of this injury, hence the name.