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Skier’s Thumb

It’s the season and the hills are calling! But for some, ski injuries will be answering. One such ski injury is Skier’s Thumb.

Skier's Thumb is an injury of the soft tissue that connects the bones of your thumb together. This soft tissue is called a ligament. Falls while skiing are the most common causes of damage to the ligament that cause skier's thumb. This injury will have tenderness, swelling and bruising along the inner aspect of the thumb at the first knuckle. The thumb will also lose some of its side-to-side stability. If the ligament is completely torn, the thumb will be so unstable at the first knuckle that it will bend to one side with little effort. Treatments vary based on the severity of the injury.

Read our ortho blog to learn more about this injury and its treatment…and how it dashed the hopes and dreams of one Winter Olympic contender in 2018


How to Properly Hold a Ski Pole to Prevent Hand Injury

Seems like it would be fairly simple, but you'd be surprised by the number of hand injuries I see from skier's who sustained injury from their ski pole. There are a few ways to hold your poles but we believe this to be the safest and most comfortable from a professional skier at YouTube: