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Andrew William Gurman, MD
(814) 942-1166
Blair Orthopedic Assoc Inc 3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Altoona Hosp, Altoona, Pa; Bon Secours Holy Family Health, Altoona, Pa
Group Practice: Blair Orthopedic Assoc

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Joseph Richard Pfeffer, DMD
(814) 943-5521
508 Logan Blvd
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Charles Harvey Jr, DO
(814) 942-1166
PO Box 30
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: Altoona Hosp, Altoona, Pa
Group Practice: Blair Orthopedic Assoc Inc

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Andrew William Gurman, MD
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Altoona Hosp, Altoona, Pa; Bon Secours Holy Family Health, Altoona, Pa
Group Practice: Blair Orthopedic Assoc

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Joshua Port
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Christopher S McClellan
(814) 949-4050
1505 9th Avenue
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert J Singer
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Gregory John Fulchiero, MD
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Bon Secours Holy Family Health, Altoona, Pa
Group Practice: Blair Orthopaedic Spec

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Andrew W Gurman
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Charles J Harvey
(814) 942-1166
3000 Fairway Dr
Altoona, PA
Specialty
Orthopedic 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.

What other information is available on ulnar collateral ligament sprains?

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