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Donald K Bynum Jr, MD
(919) 966-6730
250 Burnett-Womack CB 7055,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: University Of North Carolina H, Chapel Hill, Nc
Group Practice: Unc Med Ctr-Orthopedics

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Edmund Ronan Campion, MD
(919) 966-9066
Bioinformatics Bldg,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1981

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Richard Gary Rozier, DDS
(919) 966-7388
910 Coker Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Donald Benj Kettelkamp, MD
(919) 968-0310
103 Windhover Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1955

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William Robert Proffit, DDS
(919) 966-4428
University Of Nc Unc Sch Of Dentistry
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Robert John Esther
(919) 962-6637
100 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jonathan D Chappell, MD
(919) 966-9066
School of Medicine CB 7055 236 Burnett-Womack Bldg,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert D Schrock, MD
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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John Rankin Frick, DDS
(919) 929-7010
102 S Estes Dr
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Timothy Ned Taft, MD
(919) 966-3340
3154 Bioinformatics Bldg CB #7055 UNC,
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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