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Ligament Disorders (Thumb)

Ligament injuries are common, mainly at the base of the thumb. If your thumb is bent to the side forcefully, it can tear your UCL (ulnar collateral ligament). The condition is sometimes known as skier’s thumb, and it commonly happens while playing sports.

With a UCL injury, you may find it painful to grip or pinch things, or you may have swelling, stiffness or bruising. Over time, this can lead to arthritis if the condition isn’t treated.


If you think you might have a ligament injury or have any thumb pain, you can book an initial consultation with Mr Sarker at his clinics in Essex or central London. 

During your consultation, Mr Sarker will discuss your symptoms with you and carry out a physical exam on your thumb. You may also need an X-ray and ultrasound to diagnose the condition. Mr Sarker will then recommend the best treatment for you based on your individual needs.


Treatment depends on how severe your injury is and whether you have any symptoms of arthritis. Having treatment early on usually means you can minimise the chances of developing arthritis, but Mr Sarker can also help you manage chronic ligament disorders too.


Hand therapy and wearing a splint

Firstly, Mr Sarker will usually recommend wearing a splint to rest your thumb for four to six weeks. He might also give you some gentle exercises to do, to gently help your thumb heal. You’ll then see Mr Sarker for a follow-up consultation to understand whether the treatment has been successful.


Surgery for ligament injury

If wearing a splint doesn’t help, Mr Sarker may recommend surgery. If the injury is new, surgery involves repairing the torn ligament. This might mean using a graft from somewhere else in the body to reconstruct the ligament. 

If the injury is old, the joint may need to be fused together, but this can also limit your range of movement. Mr Sarker will talk you through the surgery in detail before going ahead, so you’re comfortable with what will happen during the procedure. You can usually go home the same day, but you’ll need to wear a cast for several weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions

I think I damaged a ligament a long time ago; can I still seek help?

Yes, Mr Sarker can treat both new and chronic disorders too. If you’re experiencing any pain or struggling with your range of movement, you can get in touch to book an initial consultation.

Can I use my private medical insurance?

Yes, Mr Sarker is approved by all major medical insurance providers and these treatments are well recognised. You’ll need to make sure your particular insurer provides you with  authorisation at each stage of your journey.

Can I pay for my own treatment?

Yes, Mr Sarker is happy to see patients on a self-pay basis. If you’re looking for prompt treatment from an expert hand and wrist consultant, you can book an appointment with Mr Sarker by getting in touch directly. You’ll be made aware of all of the prices for anything you need well ahead of having them, so you can make the right decision for you.

How much is a consultation with Mr Sarker?

An initial consultation is £250, and a follow up consultation is £175. The price of any scans, tests or treatments will depend on the hospital you visit, but you’ll be made aware of any costs well in advance of any procedure, so that you can make an informed choice.

Do I need a referral letter to see Mr Sarker?

Mr Sarker is happy to see you without a referral letter, but if you’re using your insurance, you should check with them as they may request that you get one.

Where can I see Mr Sarker privately?

Mr Sarker has clinics in Essex and Central London. You can see them all here.

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