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Gamekeeper’s Thumb

Gamekeeper’s Thumb is a condition that is the result of a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament or ‘UCL’ in the thumb at the second joint or ‘knuckle’. The term “Gamekeeper’s Thumb” was coined in 1955 after an orthopedic surgeon frequently observed this condition in gamekeepers.

This injury is common in athletes, and is usually the result of hyperextending the thumb at the joint. Signs that you may be suffering from gamekeeper’s thumb include pain and swelling after an injury.

Another common sign is intense weakness and inability to perform simple tasks, such as tying shoes or tearing a piece of paper. Treatment depends on diagnosis and at times can be as easy as simply immobilizing the joint in the thumb.

If you think you may have this type of injury, contact the Florida Hand Center for treatment.