What is Gamekeeper’s Thumb?

Gamekeeper’s Thumb is the name given to an injury of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) located at the metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint, which is the joint at the base of the thumb. The UCL is responsible for thumb stability and helps the thumb with pinching motions. Gamekeeper’s thumb is typically caused either by a direct blow injury such as a fall onto the thumb while holding an object or gradually over time by repetitive trauma to the ligament. It presents with pain, swelling and bruising at the base of the thumb, difficulty with grabbing or throwing objects and an instability (wobbling) of the thumb at the MCP joint.

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