Skiers Thumb injury?

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3/2/2021 11:09 PM

Hi all attempted a double didn’t clear! Hit Hard ! Tore my UCL ligament in thumb 😢
Just wondering if anyone has experience with surgery and recovery time? Thanks for
Any advice...

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3/3/2021 2:21 AM

I tore mine in 2016 and got it surgically repaired, went in for the operation in the morning and was out that afternoon.
Had a few days downtime and then was sent to a hand therapist to get a splint made up and to start doing some exercises for my thumb.

Ended up taking about a month off work before getting back into it steadily, I’m a carpenter so work with my hands all day but it wasn’t to bad just had to be careful with what I was doing. If it started to ache or I did something to aggravate it I just put my splint back on to look after it a bit more.

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The Villopoto strategy is simple. Get a good start and haul ass. If you don’t get a good start, haul more ass.

3/3/2021 7:30 AM

Jake-247 wrote:

I tore mine in 2016 and got it surgically repaired, went in for the operation in the morning and was out that afternoon.
Had ...more

Thanks glad to hear you recovered! 🙏 I’m Also in construction ..luckily it wasn’t dominant hand! How is it now? Are you still riding?
At my age of 67 my wife is asking me if I am
Getting back out on the track since I just started Mx last year! She wants me to get more life insurance 🤠
I have just started getting the referral process to see orthopedic doctor am in Medicare switched it to a hmo plan so you have to get referrals from primary doctor! Just want to get it repaired ASAP! Hopefully see specialist next week! Anyways thanks for the input! I’m trying to be positive...
Thanks y’all

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3/3/2021 7:55 AM

I've done it to both hands. But mine were partial avulsion fractures with no surgery. Both took a couple months to heal. Second time I got a hard cast instead of removable brace which helped. I will say, they are a pain in the ass because you feel like you can still do things but it is really easy to reinjure it. Just catching it on your clothing or pocket will set you back of it isn't protected.

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3/4/2021 1:55 AM

Jake-247 wrote:

I tore mine in 2016 and got it surgically repaired, went in for the operation in the morning and was out that afternoon.
Had ...more

biondo wrote:

Thanks glad to hear you recovered! I’m Also in construction ..luckily it wasn’t dominant hand! How is it now? Are you still ...more

Thanks mate! Yeah still riding, I had a few months off the bike after the injury just to be sure it was 100%. But no issues with it since the surgery!

Hopefully you can get it fixed soon mate and back out on the track!

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The Villopoto strategy is simple. Get a good start and haul ass. If you don’t get a good start, haul more ass.

3/4/2021 6:54 AM

I have injured both side and never did anything about it. Very painful and you should give yourself a couple of months for recovery, as I had my hand blown off the bars due to weakness. I guess I should have gotten them fixed, but no real issues for me at this point.

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3/4/2021 7:00 AM

Jake-247 wrote:

I tore mine in 2016 and got it surgically repaired, went in for the operation in the morning and was out that afternoon.
Had ...more

biondo wrote:

Thanks glad to hear you recovered! I’m Also in construction ..luckily it wasn’t dominant hand! How is it now? Are you still ...more

Jake-247 wrote:

Thanks mate! Yeah still riding, I had a few months off the bike after the injury just to be sure it was 100%. But no issues ...more

Jake Thanks so Much! For the positive Words! Can’t give up yet ! Was having too much Fun! 🤠
Thanks again warren

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3/4/2021 7:04 AM

prozach wrote:

I've done it to both hands. But mine were partial avulsion fractures with no surgery. Both took a couple months to heal. ...more

Great to hear the good news! Luckily I didn’t do my preferred hand ...
Thanks for your input 🤠

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3/4/2021 7:24 AM

stone881 wrote:

I have injured both side and never did anything about it. Very painful and you should give yourself a couple of months for ...more

Thanks for your advice...I tore the UCL ligament so I’m thinking it’s surgery for me 😢 was yours just a sprain? Mine is wobbly and lump on inside of thumb joint...talked a friend who tore his on his mountain bike and didn’t have surgery but after a year he decided to have it repaired ...doctor had to use a ligament from another finger😢 as he had waited too long...hoping for the best...missing my Wednesday track session at Cahuilla 😢

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3/4/2021 7:46 AM

stone881 wrote:

I have injured both side and never did anything about it. Very painful and you should give yourself a couple of months for ...more

biondo wrote:

Thanks for your advice...I tore the UCL ligament so I’m thinking it’s surgery for me was yours just a sprain? Mine is wobbly ...more

Not a sprain, I definitely blew them out. Never even thought about going to see a doctor, but I was young and dumb.

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3/5/2021 7:36 AM

I did mine when i was 18 playing hockey. Was in a cast for 6 weeks. No surgery. it still bothers me a fait bit. Im 56 now.

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3/5/2021 8:18 AM

stone881 wrote:

I have injured both side and never did anything about it. Very painful and you should give yourself a couple of months for ...more

biondo wrote:

Thanks for your advice...I tore the UCL ligament so I’m thinking it’s surgery for me was yours just a sprain? Mine is wobbly ...more

stone881 wrote:

Not a sprain, I definitely blew them out. Never even thought about going to see a doctor, but I was young and dumb.

Thanks! Hey I’m still making some bad choices at 67! 😂

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3/5/2021 8:52 AM

Blew mine back on a start straight crash and had to have surgery to pin the ligaments back on.
Let it heal and it’s been fine ever since.

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3/5/2021 9:36 AM

300exc wrote:

Blew mine back on a start straight crash and had to have surgery to pin the ligaments back on.
Let it heal and it’s been fine ...more

Thanks for the Positive info!! How long did your recovery take? Thanks

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3/5/2021 10:20 AM

Had it 2 times on the left. First time no doctor, but it was painful for years. 2nd time with skiing, had a 6 weeks cast to it. That helped although its now 30 yrs ago. Still feeling something when bumping my thumb against some object.

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3/5/2021 11:39 AM

300exc wrote:

Blew mine back on a start straight crash and had to have surgery to pin the ligaments back on.
Let it heal and it’s been fine ...more

biondo wrote:

Thanks for the Positive info!! How long did your recovery take? Thanks

Honestly don’t remember it was 10 years ago or more.
I’m thinking it was a couple months. But I’ve always been one to subscribe to letting things heal properly because you only have one chance at that

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3/5/2021 1:20 PM

Did that to my right thumb about a decade ago. No surgery. I wore a thermal plastic molded splint for 6 weeks.
It'll get me still if I pick something up funny (like a backpack gets hooked on my thumb).

I'm currently healing a mallet injury (first knuckle) on my left thumb with a duct tape splint.

I've done knees, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and ankles - thumb injuries are worst!

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Mike

3/5/2021 1:25 PM

Mine happened 3/10/20. Workers comp pushed back for almost a year even with MRI results showing a full tear. Surgery was last week. I'm told it's 6 weeks immobilization followed by 3 more weeks of PT two times a week.
Everyone is different, listen to your ortho IF you trust them and they have your best interest in mind. Photo

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3/5/2021 2:03 PM

Nathaniel129 wrote:

Mine happened 3/10/20. Workers comp pushed back for almost a year even with MRI results showing a full tear. Surgery was last ...more

Good to hear you finally got it repaired...I have Medicare/HMO since I’m 67! Took two weeks to get a mri and get referred to see doctor....hopefully doesn’t take a year!
Mine just happened two weeks ago I’ve read on Net that it’s best to have surgery within 3-4 weeks but sounds like its a waiting game to get it done ! I went to hospital when it happened they put splint on ..swelling has gone and pain not bad unless I try to bend to far ...have been riding my road bike 🚴‍♂️
Kinda one handed ...a friend of mine never had it repaired he said it doesn’t bother him
But looks a bit strange to be able to bend thumb in reverse ! Keep us posted on your recovery 👍 Thanks for the input warren

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3/5/2021 2:08 PM

Mine was completely mishandled from the beginning, unfortunately, so don't use me as the benchmark. Hopefully you can have surgery soon and be recovered before summer riding.

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3/5/2021 2:26 PM

Nathaniel129 wrote:

Mine was completely mishandled from the beginning, unfortunately, so don't use me as the benchmark. Hopefully you can have ...more

Thanks! Hoping for that ! Did you do on the job or Mx track? Just wondering what did you do while waiting as in keeping hand immobile before surgery just asking so I don’t injure any more...but I seem to know more about this injury than the PA’s I’ve seen
Since incurring I’ve been on net and watching YouTube videos 🤠 my wife has been patient...

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3/5/2021 2:41 PM

Oh man, it's been a fiasco. It was on the job.
First Dr did x-rays and said it's not broken. I said yep I already told you that. I've broken 14 bones, I know the difference.
Refused to let him "treat" me so I went to a different Dr. He also told me it wasn't broken. I felt like I took my Ford to the dealer and they said "that's not an airplane." Doctors need to listen to their patients, especially ones with extensive injury history, we tend to know what's going on with our bodies.
He subscribed PT with NO IMMOBILIZATION. I had to do it (longer story). Finally got an MRI by June, and wow look at that a torn ligament I told them about 3 months earlier.
First ortho recommended surgery and it got denied. He gave up. Second ortho recommended surgery and she got denied. Twice. Finally after MANY phone calls the surgery was approved. She got in there and was able to stitch it back without pulling from another finger.
Bottom line is don't take all doctors words as gospel especially if you know something is wrong.
The PT definitely did more damage. I've done nothing for nearly a year. No riding. No golf. Nothing that could raise the risk of injuring it more than daily activities.

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3/5/2021 2:57 PM

Nathaniel129 wrote:

Oh man, it's been a fiasco. It was on the job.
First Dr did x-rays and said it's not broken. I said yep I already told you ...more

Wow! That’s scary! At least the ER doctor knew to put me in a splint and knew what I had done to my thumb...that must have been very painful to have PT ! Hope you can get back to doing sports...soon!
Actually another cycling friend waited too long and they used ligament from index finger but he says it was full recovery! 🚴‍♂️

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