Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Cedar Rapids IA

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Mark Allan Mehlhoff, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1983

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Peter D Pardubsky
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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James Walter Turner, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1965

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James Michael Pape, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1986

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James Michael Pape
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Timothy Steven Loth
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Lisa M Coester, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1995

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Warren Neil Verdeck, MD
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Pediatric Cardiology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Cedar Rapids, Ia; St Lukes Methodist Hosp, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Group Practice: Physicians Clinic Of Iowa

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Cassandra Suzanne Lange
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Fred John Pilcher
(319) 398-1500
600 7th St Se
Cedar Rapids, IA
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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