Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Iowa City IA

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William Anthony Frisella, MD
(319) 356-0430
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 2001

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Heather A Campion
(319) 356-1616
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Charles Clark
(319) 356-2332
200 Hawkins Drive
Iowa City, IA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1976
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: U Of Iowa Hosp &
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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John S Casko, DDS
(319) 335-7289
University of Iowa Dental Science Bldg S220
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Ericka Andrusiak Lawler, MD
(319) 353-6222
200 Hawkins Dr,
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 2000

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Matthew J Teusink
(319) 356-1616
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Robert N Staley, DDS
(319) 335-7302
University of Iowa Dept of Orthodontics
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John Edward Femino, MD
(319) 384-5844
200 Hawkins Dr 01016 JPP
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1992

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Todd McKinley
(319) 384-8253
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John Phil Albright, MD
(319) 356-3471
200 Hawkins Dr
Iowa City, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: U Of Iowa Hosp & Clinics, Iowa City, Ia
Group Practice: Faculty Practice Plan Univ Of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics

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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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