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What does it mean to have "gamekeepers thumb"?

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Dr. G Jason Hunt
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: UCL tear

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

In brief: UCL tear

Gamekeepers thumb is the common name for ulnar collateral ligament tear.
It is the ligament on the inside of the thumb.
Dr. G Jason Hunt
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Dr. Roger Palutsis
Sports Medicine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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