Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Albuquerque NM

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Anthony F Pachelli, MD
(505) 724-4300
201 Cedar St SE
Albuquerque, NM
Business
New Mexico Orthopaedic Associates
Specialties
Orthopedics

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William Ludlow Ritchie, MD
(505) 724-4300
201 Cedar St SE Ste 6600
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1986

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Thomas E Baker
(505) 841-1125
1115 Central Ave Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Corey Michael Lieber, MD
(505) 463-2980
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Fl Coll Of Med, Tampa Fl 33612
Graduation Year: 2001

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Samuel K Tabet
(505) 724-4300
201 Cedar St Se
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Richard Nelson Castillo, MD
(505) 242-5205
201 Cedar St SE Ste 6600
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1982

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Charles F Eberle
(505) 272-8950
2211 Lomas Blvd Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Richard Alan Miller, MD
(505) 272-4107
1 University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1985

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William L Ritchie
(505) 724-4300
201 Cedar St Se
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Moheb Moneim
(505) 272-1623
2nd Ambulatory Care Ctr
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Wrist Pain Info / Hand Pain Info - Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains

In order to understand this condition it is important to understand the anatomy and function of the wrist and hand. Please read Wrist Pain Info / Hand Pain Info's sections on wrist anatomy and hand anatomy . For information on the biomechanics of the wrist and hand please read Wrist Pain Info / Hand Pain Info's section on wrist and hand biomechanics .

What is the ulnar collateral ligament and what is its function?

The ulnar collateral ligament is a ligament on the inside of the thumb that connects the metacarpal bone to the first phalanx at the base (bottom) of the thumb. This ligament prevents the thumb from pointing too far away from the hand and supports pinch and grasp activities, acting like a hinge to keep the main thumb joint (the metacarpophalangeal joint) stable.

What is an ulnar collateral ligament sprain?

A sprain to the ulnar collateral ligament occurs when the ligament gets stretched or torn, usually as a result of an injury. The severity of the sprain may be mild (grade I), moderate (grade II) or severe (grade III). Severe tears usually mean that the ulnar collateral ligament is completely torn.

What does an ulnar collateral ligament sprain feel like?

Depending on the severity of the sprain, an ulnar collateral ligament sprain may or may not hurt right away. There may be bruising, tenderness at the bottom of the thumb, swelling and/or an inability to grasp items between the thumb and index finger.

What causes an ulnar collateral ligament sprain?

Any type of injury in which the thumb is pulled away from the index finger can result in an ulnar collateral ligament sprain. For example, falling on an outstretched arm and landing on the tip of the thumb. The ulnar collateral ligament can also be injured with repetitive gripping between the thumb and index finger leading to gradual loosening of the ulnar collateral ligament.

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