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Jose L Diaz, MD
(915) 533-3000
909 Los Pinos Way
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1990

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Arsavir Arat, MD
(915) 533-1902
El Paso, TX
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Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uludag Univ, Tip Fak, Bursa, Turkey (Istanbul U & Bursa U)
Graduation Year: 1956

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Jeffrey Blake Burnette, MD
El Paso, TX
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Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1993

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Marco Antonio Ochoa, MD
5823 N Mesa St
El Paso, TX
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Auto De San Luis Potosi, Fac De Med, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1961

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Gary D Mundy, DDS
(915) 581-5476
5551 N Mesa St
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Humberto F Boggiano, MD FACS
(915) 581-0908
El Paso, TX
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Male
Education
Medical School: San Marcos(lima)
Graduation Year: 1956

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Miguel Angel Pirela-Cruz, MD FACS
1020 S Mesa Hills Dr Apt 4304
El Paso, TX
Gender
Male
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Medical School: Temple
Graduation Year: 1980

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James Eugene Kelley, DDS
(915) 581-6526
5555 N Mesa St Ste 300
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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David S Wilbanks, DDS
(915) 581-5021
200 Thunderbird Dr
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jeffrey Blake Burnette, MD
6772 Copper Ridge Dr
El Paso, TX
Specialties
Orthopedics
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Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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