Skiers Thumb



This is a common injury among footballers and skiers (hence the name!) but can affect lots of people in everyday movement. It involves an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (base of the thumb in the web space between thumb and index finger).

How it occurs

Skier’s thumb is caused by a strain or tear in the ligament that supports the thumb joint. It often occurs due to a sudden hyperextension (backwards) force to the thumb.

It is common in football, basketball and netball but most often happens in skiing when the ski pole gets jammed against the thumb.


The treatment of skier’s thumb differs depending on how badly the ligament is injured. In some cases, it is best to keep freedom in the joint to prevent unnecessary stiffness. But in most cases we use our custom made thermoplastic waterproof orthosis to immobilize the injury and allow between 2-8 weeks for it to heal.

We will tailor a home exercise plan, such as range of motion and strengthening exercises. This common sporting injury usually require a guard which we can fabricate (as appropriate) to facilitate an early and safe return to sport.

Meet Hannah

Lead Therapist

Hannah graduated from Australian Catholic University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy. Hannah first developed a passion for Hand Therapy during time at ACU studying occupational therapy. Hannah continues to undertake professional development by attending Hand Therapy related courses through the Australian Hand Therapy Association.

Book a senior therapist consultation

Ben, our senior therapist, will offer advice on any management strategies you may need. Please note, if you request ongoing care, you will only have to pay our current rates. We do not charge Worksafe and TAC clients for any consultations.

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