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Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury of the Thumb Hand Therapy



“Working with a knowledgeable hand therapist can make the difference between success and failure in complex hand surgical cases. The therapist extends the continuum of our care, as well as functioning as coach and trainer for our patients.”

Marybeth Ezaki, MD, Past President, American Society for Surgery of the Hand

In Phoenix Rehab, our senior hand therapists are experienced licensed and dedicated therapists (physiotherapists and/or occupational therapists) who specialized ONLY in the rehabilitation, treatment and management of painful fingers, hands, wrists, forearm & elbow conditions, because of interest, passion and expertise.

Our thumb's UCL, or ulnar collateral ligament, is located in the middle thumb joint, and provides support to the thumb during grip and pinch.

Unfortunately, our thumb's ulnar collateral ligament is also the most common ligament injury in the thumb. This injury is known as skier’s or goalkeeper’s thumb.

What causes a UCL injury in the thumb?

Most often, injuries occur during sport or recreational activities, such as

  • skiing
  • football
  • biking
  • basketball
  • rugby and
  • soccer

In fact...any extreme force to the thumb in the opposite direction can cause a sprain or strain, but injuries can also occur as a result of

  • a fall,
  • or jamming the thumb at a hard surface,
  • or the thumb catching onto something that pulls the thumb in the opposite direction

What are the symptoms of a UCL injury in the thumb?

Pain and swelling in the middle joint of the thumb usually occur right after injury, with possible bruising and stiffness in the joint.

With this injury, activities such as holding a drinking glass or writing may be difficult.

Weakness may be a symptom as well, with a decreased ability to grip or pinch any object with the thumb and hand.

What is the treatment for a ulnar collateral ligament injury in the thumb?

The doctor will likely order an X-ray of the thumb to rule out a broken bone. The doctor will also test the stability of the thumb with gentle pressure from each side, and compare this to the uninjured thumb.

If there is a sprain to the UCL of the thumb, the physician may prescribe a custom thumb spica splint to rest the joint and ligament for a period of time.

That being said, if the ligament is torn or ruptured, the doctor may recommend surgery to repair the ligament.

What can a hand therapist do for me?

Our senior hand therapist can make a custom orthosis to rest the thumb ligament as it heals. While the ligament is healing, we will provide gentle exercises for the other joints of the hand. After the ligament has healed, the therapist will progress exercises to increase function and strength in your hand and thumb.

Custom orthosis to protect UCL injury to the thumb

Patients may also receive the following hand therapy treatment modalities:



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ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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