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Joseph K Gee, DDS
(801) 756-0400
226 N 1100 E Ste G
American Fork, UT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Alan C Carter, DDS
(801) 756-6246
36 S 1100 E Ste A
American Fork, UT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Michael Earl Callahan, MD
(801) 763-3885
1184 E 80 N
American Fork, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1974

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Richard Green Bromley, MD
(801) 756-6065
935 Nob Hill Ave
American Fork, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics, General Practice
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: American Fork Hosp, American Fork, Ut; Timpanogos Regional Hospital, Orem, Ut

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Joseph Lewis Richey, MD
(801) 224-5373
700 W 800 N Ste 100
Orem, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1985

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John Tracy Wells, MD
1184 E 80 N
American Fork, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1992

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Alan M Banks
(801) 763-3885
1184 E 80 N
American Fork, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John T Wells
(801) 763-3885
1184 E 80 N
American Fork, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Alan Merrill Banks, MD
1184 E 80 N
American Fork, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1977

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Robert Taylor Jackson, MD
(801) 224-5373
700 W 800 N Ste 100
Orem, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Mountain View Hospital, Payson, Ut
Group Practice: Central Utah Multi-Specialty

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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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