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Hand injuries in general tend to be disregarded by both patients and doctors, until it happens to oneself. Never was this more the case than in thumb injuries, as the importance of the thumb is usually under appreciated, until injured.
In skiing they are reported to be the second most frequent injury after the knee. In detail thumb injuries are reported to make up between 5% – 20% of all injuries in Alpine skiing and are sustained by approximately 80,000-240,000 patients per year world wide.