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What is Skiers Thumb?

Skiers thumb is an injury which is sustained to the collateral ligaments of the thumb. This can be due to an over use or a traumatic acute injury. The ligaments can partially tear or can completely rupture. If a complete rupture occurs then surgery is usually required as the stabilisation of the thumb is compromised greatly affecting your ability to grip. Partial tears usually heal without surgical intervention and will repair well with conservative measures.

Conservative management of skiers thumb will involve a course of physiotherapy. Physiotherapy will be able to optimise healing, reduce pain and swelling, speed the recovery process and rehabilitate the injury to its full potential reducing the reoccurrence rate.

Soft tissue massage and stretches applied to the thumb and fingersAbove: Soft tissue massage and stretches applied to the thumb and fingers

How can Physiotherapy Treat Skiers Thumb?

Physiotherapy can provide a variety of treatment interventions to optimise the healing process. The physiotherapists at will offer a comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment programme which has been individually tailored to meet your needs and requirements. Some of the treatments which may be included in the rehabilitation programme for skiers thumb are: The above treatments will be prescribed as the physiotherapists sees appropriate. This will be decided upon once the initial assessment has taken place.


They physiotherapists at will provide a full comprehensive assessment, diagnosis and treatment programme for you. They are experienced practitioners who offer a professional service. If you would like to arrange an appointment or to discuss rehabilitation for skiers thumb, please contact us or call 0330 088 7800.

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