Skier's Thumb Brace | MCP Joint Splint for Gamekeeper's UCL Injury Treatment


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Gamekeeper's Thumb Brace for UCL & MCP Joint

This soft thumb spica splint is one of our most popular thumb support braces for a good reason. It was designed to protect your thumb against further injury, provide superior pain relief, and offer comfortable immobilization to your metacarpophalangeal (MCP) and carpometacarpal (CMC or saddle) thumb joints. The neoprene brace only moderately restricts your thumb and wrist, leaving your IP joint and other fingers free for full-hand mobility.

This thumb joint stabilizer can help treat many causes of thumb pain injuries including:

  • Gamekeeper's thumb
  • Skier’s thumb
  • Thumb arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
  • Post-surgery recovery
  • Texting thumb (AKA gamer’s thumb, Nintenditus, or Nintendo thumb)
  • Fractured thumb (broken thumb)

5 Advantages of This Skier’s Thumb Splint

This universal bruised thumb cast allows for full customization of the interchangeable splints. It helps to provide support and stabilization to the injured thumb while protecting against further injury. The following is a list of features that make this thumb immobilizer a great fit for you:

  1. Wrap-Around Design

    The wrap-around style of this gamekeeper's thumb treatment glove makes it easy to apply and adjust as needed. Adjustable fastener straps allow you to customize the amount of compression applied to your thumb and hand. One strap wraps around your thumb and the other around your wrist. Allows for full-hand function without restricting your fingers.

  2. Constructed of Medical-Grade Materials

    Made of a perforated neoprene material that is soft and comfortable against your skin. This neoprene material provides compression and therapeutic warmth to the injured area, promoting healing and reducing swelling and pain.

  3. Includes Interchangeable Splints

    One of the best features of this thumb spica orthosis is the interchangeable stays or splints in the brace. This Santa Barbara thumb splint includes flexible, rigid, and malleable (bendable) aluminum metal stays that can be removed if desired. These three different stays make the brace fully customizable to help provide ultimate support and user comfort. The thumb brace has three different compartments that can hold any one of the stays and is enclosed with a fastener to keep it in place.

    interchangeable aluminum splints can be removed in the skiers thumb brace

    The flexible splint provides moderate immobilization to your thumb, allowing slight movement. The malleable aluminum splint is moldable so it can be reshaped and bent to fit the shape of your hand. Lastly, the rigid aluminum splint provides extreme immobilization and support to your thumb and hand.

  4. Fits Right or Left Hand

    This skier’s thumb treatment splint is available in a single universal size that fits either your right or left hand. If the straps are too long and become bothersome, cut the straps for a more tailored fit (once trimmed, the brace cannot be returned).

  5. Easy to Clean

    To wash this brace, remove the stays and hand wash in warm water using a mild detergent. Make sure not to wring out the brace, instead blot excess water with a towel and let it air dry completely before reapplying.

Gamekeeper's Thumb & Skier's Thumb Injury Treatment Brace

Gamekeeper's thumb, also known as skier's thumb, refers to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) being torn or ruptured, leaving your thumb joint sore and aching. The UCL is located in the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint where the hand meets the thumb. It helps to keep your thumb stable in order to grasp items. An injury to this ligament can be quite painful and result in a loss of function.

what is skier's thumb graphic explaining a torn ucl ligament that is the same as gamekeepers thumb

Gamekeeper's thumb has been around for a long time, dating back to the 1950s. Its name stems from its association with Scottish gamekeepers who would develop this injury over time from breaking the necks of an animal between their thumb and index finger. It is now a rather common injury, seen most frequently in skiers, occurring when a person falls down and does not let go of the pole. The injury results from the skier's hand landing on their ski pole causing an extreme force to the thumb and hand. It is also common among volleyball players from falling onto an outstretched hand. In cases of a full tear, when the UCL is torn off the site where the ligament attaches to the bone, a fracture might also occur.

Our thumb pain splint can even help relieve the painful condition of texting thumb, caused by repetitively texting and cell phone usage. This condition causes the tendons of the thumb side of your wrist to become affected and irritated.

Another related condition that this brace can treat is called gamer's thumb. This is a repetitive stress injury caused by playing video games, affecting your thumb and wrist.

Frequently Asked Questions About This Ulnar Collateral Ligament Thumb Stabilizer

  • What conditions / injuries does this thumb splint treat? Indicated for many conditions such as: thumb arthritis, tendonitis, gamekeeper's thumb, skier's thumb, hitchhiker's thumb, text thumb, UCL tear, basal joint arthritis, Stener lesion of the thumb, trigger thumb, post-surgery recovery, arthritic thumb joints, de Quervain’s syndrome (thumb tendonitis), fractures (broken thumbs), bruised thumbs, dislocations, sprains, stretched, jammed or torn ligaments, and any other general thumb pain or metacarpophalangeal joint.
  • How does it work? This rigid, thumb splint is designed to protect your thumb, alleviate pain, and provide comfortable immobilization, allowing your MCP and CMC thumb joints to heal, leaving your IP joint free bend as usual.
  • Who can wear this brace? It’s great for adult men and women of all shapes and sizes.
  • What size should I get? Before ordering, carefully measure the circumference around your wrist, in inches. This thumb brace fits wrist circumferences up to 12 inches.
  • When should I wear it? Use any time your thumb needs to be immobilized. It can be worn throughout the day and while sleeping for support.
  • What is it made of? Made of 3/16” thick neoprene, antimicrobial lining, elastic straps, aluminum stays, and hook and loop fasteners. All components are latex free.
  • How tall is this thumb splint? About 5.5 inches tall.
  • How do I put it on? Each pocket contains three splints. Remove splint by lifting fasteners on pockets. Leave desired splint in each pocket, removing others and refasten. Undo elastic thumb and wrist strap. Place thumb on center splint. Wrap splint around thumb. Wrap wrist strap around wrist and secure. Wrap thumb strap just below top knuckle and secure.
  • Washing Instructions: To wash this brace, remove the stays and hand wash in warm water using a mild detergent. Make sure not to wring out the brace, instead blot excess water with a towel and let it air dry completely before reapplying.
  • Other features:
    • Natural, non-invasive fix for many sources of thumb pain.
    • Flexible thumb splint protects your thumb from further injury during recovery.
    • Easy to put on, take off, and adjust.
  • Color: Black.
    Braceability's gamekeepers thumb splint sizing chart fits wrist circumferences up to 12 inches
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