Skier’s Thumb (ulnar collateral ligament tear)
Injuries to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tear is an acute injury and most often occurs in a skiing accident, hence the name “skier’s thumb” and causes damage to the ligament in the thumb. With skier’s thumb, this injury is common when a skier falls with a ski pole in hand and can cause a stretched, partial or complete tear or may be associated with a small fracture where the ligament attaches.
Symptons of Skier’s Thumb (UCL tear)
- Instability in the thumb joint
- Pain and Swelling
- Weakness, inability to pinch
Non- Surgical Treatment for Skier’s Thumb (UCL tear)
In order to relieve pain from a skier's thumb, we address the problem holistically and naturally, without medication.
We use the following approaches to relieve skier's thumb symptoms:
- ASTR® Tools: Our doctors use a variety of ASTR® tools to release scar tissue and myofascial restriction, which can decrease pain and give symptom relief.
- Special exercise program to decrease inflammation, strengthen the muscles, and help the patient to return to normal function and activities.
- Special instructions on how to speed up the recovery time.
- Cold Laser Therapy: Tissue inflammation is common with skier's thumb. Cold laser is used in order to decrease inflammation and swelling that causes pain in the thumb joint.