Common causes include a fall onto an outstretched hand, gripping the steering wheel during a car accident, and falling while holding a ski pole. Symptoms Symptoms typically include pain, swelling, and tenderness on the ulnar side of the thumb MCP joint. Pinching and gripping with the thumb may be difficult, and range of motion may be limited.
Injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb is very common and can be disabling when missed or left untreated. We present a review of literature and our preferred way of management. Rupture of the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb metacarpophalangeal joint MCPJ is a common hand injury that can lead to long-term problems if inadequately treated [ 3534 ].
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This is an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpo-phalangeal joint. This is a strong ligament that supports the thumb when pinching or gripping and if it is damaged may lead onto to a chronic instability of the thumb which causes problems with function. The injury happens when you fall onto the outstretched thumb see diagram and is more likely if the thumb is gripping something at the same time.
A gamekeeper's thumb, also called a skier's thumb, is an injury to one of the important ligaments at the base of the thumb joint. The injury involves the ulnar collateral ligament UCLa band of tough, fibrous tissue that connects the bones at the base of the thumb. This ligament prevents the thumb from pointing too far away from the hand.
It is an often-encountered injury and can lead to chronic pain and instability when diagnosed incorrectly. This article provides a review of the relevant anatomy, the correct method of physical examination and the options for additional imaging and treatment with attention to possible pitfalls. The literature search was conducted on PubMed in the week of 5 November
It is essentially synonymous with skier's thumbalthough the latter has more of an acute injury connotation. The repetitive breaking-of-necks of small game rabbits and such resulted in chronic injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb with weakening and eventual tear. Gamekeeping and poaching have largely fallen by the wayside as a recreational activity.
A sprained thumb occurs when the ligaments that support the thumb stretch beyond their limits or tear. This usually happens when a strong force bends the thumb backwards, away from the palm of the hand. The most common way for this to occur is by falling onto an outstretched hand.