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Nigel Alan Roderick Watt, MD
(843) 662-5233
705 N 8th Ave Ste 1B
Dillon, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
French
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cambridge, Sch Of Cli Med, Cambridge (352-03 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: Mc Leod Reg Medctr, Florence, Sc
Group Practice: Pee Dee Orthopaedic Assoc

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Eric Heimberger, MD
(843) 431-2730
2845 E Highway 76 Ste 3
Mullins, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1992

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Larry Dennis Ratliff, MD
(864) 261-1475
2000 E Greenville St
Anderson, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1973

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Kenneth Forbes Hill, MD
(864) 429-8764
720 S Duncan Byp Ste B
Union, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Languages
French, German
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1974

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Jon Robert Davids, MD
(864) 240-6288
950 W Faris Rd
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1985

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Eric Ronald Mullins, MD
2845 E Highway 76
Mullins, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1999

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Jon R Davids, MD
(864) 271-3444
950 W Faris Rd
Greenville, SC
Business
Shriner's Hospital
Specialties
Orthopedics

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John Leonard Sanders, MD
(864) 888-3466
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1992

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James E Gee
(803) 774-5200
250 W Wesmark Blvd
Sumter, SC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Karen Shepherd Rogers, DMD
(864) 242-9411
10 Cleveland Ct
Greenville, SC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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.

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