Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Gilbert AZ

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William A Salyer, MD
(602) 631-3161
690 N Cofco Center Ct
Phoenix, AZ
Business
Arizona Orthopaedic Associates Inc
Specialties
Orthopedics

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John W Golberg, MD
(401) 783-0410
3921 E Baseline Rd Ste 200
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Alberta, Fac Of Med, Edmonton, Alb, Canada
Graduation Year: 1974

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Kipling P Sharpe
(480) 964-2908
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Timothy Lee Walker, MD
1501 N Gilbert Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1998

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John Joseph Duggan, MD
(419) 222-6622
3921 E Baseline Rd
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: St Ritas Med Ctr, Lima, Oh; Lima Memorial Hospital, Lima, Oh
Group Practice: Orthopaedic Institute Of Ohio

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Ralph Valentine Wilson
(480) 964-2908
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Marc I DiNowitz
(480) 964-2908
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr
Gilbert, AZ
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Treven Bret Rollins, DDS
(480) 497-0509
1400 N Gilbert Rd Ste J
Gilbert, AZ
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Richard B Gresham, MD FACS
2907 E Millbrae Ln
Gilbert, AZ
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tennessee
Graduation Year: 1954

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Maxwell Thomas
(480) 964-2908
2940 E Banner Gateway Dr
Gilbert, AZ
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.

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