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David Clark Morley
(978) 453-9345
817 Merrimack St
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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George Jacob
(978) 452-3511
817 Merrimack St
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Panos George Panagakos, MD
(978) 441-2698
340 Wilder St
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedics
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Graduation Year: 2007

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Wenhaur Howard Wu, MD
(978) 454-0706
222 Merrimack St Rm 300
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1995

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Sivaram Gounder Rajan, MD
(978) 454-0706
222 Merrimack St Rm 300
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1997

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Victor Alling Conforti, MD
817 Merrimack St
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedics
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Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1968

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David Clark Morley Jr, MD
(978) 453-9345
817 Merrimack St
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Queens Univ, Fac Of Med, Kingston, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1978

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Steven Alter
(978) 454-0706
222 Merrimack St
Lowell, MA
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Hand Surgery

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Eric Dana Holstein, MD
(978) 454-0706
222 Merrimack St Rm 300
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1984

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Scott Alan Sigman, MD
(978) 454-0706
222 Merrimack St Rm 300
Lowell, MA
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Orthopedics
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Male
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Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1990

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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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