Thumb Injury

  • Results from a hyperextension force and usually involves the ulna collateral ligament
  • Evaluate for thumb function
  • Determine how much movement is needed for sport and how much movement causes pain
  • Based on your injury evaluation, you can determine the amount of movement to allow the athlete

Thumb Taping

  • Apply J-Wrap and anchors at the wrist and at the IP
  • Apply strips from the thumb to the wrist to provide stability – moving medial to lateral along the joint
  • Apply Figure 8 strips around the thumb and the wrist and repeat process 2- 3 times
  • Close at the wrist and the thumb
  • To completely immobilize the joint, make an Orthoplast splint.
  • Check the rules of sport to make sure it is legal to play with this splint.