Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Fayetteville NC

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Henry Zack Smith, DDS
(910) 323-5821
573 Executive Pl Z PO Box
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James Robinson Prewitt, DDS
(910) 484-7878
203 Fairway Dr
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Frank Palmer Stout, DDS
(910) 483-9192
PO Box 35006
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Henry Lee Moss
(800) 771-6106
2300 Ramsey St
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthopedic Surgery

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Paul S Muenzner
(800) 771-6106
2300 Ramsey St
Fayetteville, NC
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Mary J Wiess-Prewitt, DDS
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Fred A Booth, DDS
(910) 484-8191
222 Fairway Dr
Fayetteville, NC
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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David M Sickle, MD
Fayeteville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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William Dickson Schaefer, MD
(910) 484-3114
3308 Melrose Rd
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1996

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James Holloway Askins, MD
(910) 484-3114
3308 Melrose Rd
Fayetteville, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1964

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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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