A member asked:

What does it mean to have "gamekeepers thumb"?

5 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. G Jason Hunt answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

UCL tear: Gamekeepers thumb is the common name for ulnar collateral ligament tear. It is the ligament on the inside of the thumb.

Answered 8/4/2015


Dr. Roger Palutsis answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Ligament Injury: Gamekeeper's thumb is a term that describes an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb. This is on the side closest to the index finger at the mcp joint. This can be mild, moderate, or severe. If it is completely torn, then surgery is usually recommended. If not, splinting or bracing is usually the treatment of choice. Chronic untreated injuries can lead to pain/weakness of grip.

Answered 10/26/2014



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