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
  • Bruising

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.
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  • This newborn came in unable to move his neck from the side position. He suffered from torticollis, severe neck and back spasms. After just 1 ASTR treatment, he had complete range of motion.

  • Patient came in unable to move his neck from the side position. After 3 ASTR treatments, he regained full range of motion.

  • This young gymnast came in unable to do the splits. After just 1 ASTR treatment, she had full range of motion.


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