Skier's Thumb Follow-up

Updated: Feb 01, 2022
  • Author: Patrick M Foye, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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Return to Play and Prevention

Return to play

In addition to the 6-8 weeks of immobilization with casting or splinting, the patient with skier's thumb should avoid activities that risk reinjury for approximately another 6 weeks. An orthosis can be fitted to protect the patient's thumb to prevent further delay in return to activity.


A small dorsal (or radial) gutter splint can be designed to fit within the glove of skiers and other athletes.