Thumb Ulnar Collateral ligament (UCL) injury
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The UCL is a strong ligament at the base of the thumb, located in the web space between the thumb and the index finger (see picture). The ligament can be damaged if the thumb is forced away from your hand, leading to pain and/or instability at this joint.
Hand therapy treatment will often involve a period of splinting to allow the ligament to heal, followed by specific exercises to regain movement and function.
*BEFORE COMMENCING ANY OF THE FOLLOWING ADVICE OR EXERCISES, PLEASE DISCUSS WITH YOUR HAND THERAPIST TO CONFIRM IF IT IS APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR INJURY/OPERATION*
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