Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Ankeny IA

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Keith W Riggins, MD
(515) 965-1718
PO Box 368
Ankeny, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr.David A. Vittetoe
(515) 263-9696
1301 Pennsylvania Ave # 213
Des Moines, IA
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Robert John Weatherwax, MD
(515) 263-8363
1301 Penn Ave Ste 303
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dr.Ian Lin
(515) 263-9696
1301 Pennsylvania Ave # 213
Des Moines, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1992
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Donald W Blair, MD
(515) 277-2292
4210 Hickman Calvin West Apt 3140
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Anthony Vittetoe, MD
(515) 263-9696
1301 Pennsylvania Ave Ste 213
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Boone County Hosp, Boone, Ia
Group Practice: Des Moines Orthopedic Surgeons

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Allen Gayle Lang, MD
515-699-5999ext4706
3600 30th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Trauma Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1969

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David Anthony Vittetoe
(515) 263-9696
1301 Penn Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Ian Lin
(515) 263-9696
1301 Penn Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Mark Richard Matthes, MD
(515) 247-8400
411 Laurel St Ste 3300
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1992

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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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