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Broken Thumb One of the most common questions is whether a patient is experiencing a broken or sprained thumb. The ligament can also be injured more gradually, over time, from repetitive grasping or twisting activities. Your thumb gets sprained when a ligament gets injured or stretched beyond its normal range of motion. A thumb may become sprained when the joint is stressed or overextended. A sprained thumb is often called a “skier’s thumb” because falling on the ski slopes with your hand strapped to a ski pole is a common cause of injury to the ulnar collateral ligament.

A sprained thumb is a very common injury among skiers, so much so that it’s often referred to as “skier’s thumb.” But thumb injuries don’t only happen to those who ski; it can happen to anyone while doing any number of activities that involve the hands. A sprained thumb is an injury to the ligaments and other soft tissues between joints, and a broken thumb involves damage to the hard tissue, specifically the bone. A thumb sprain can be caused when you hit … Sprained Thumb vs.