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Gary G Poehling, MD
(336) 716-8200
Medical Ctr Blvd
Winston Salem, NC
Business
WFUBMC Orthopaedics
Specialties
Orthopedics

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William Bryan Jennings, DO
(336) 765-1571
1900 S Hawthorne Rd
Winston Salem, NC
Business
Jennings Clinic PA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Herbert O Phillips, MD
4100 Cold Springs Rd
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1981

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James B Mc Lain, DDS
(336) 760-1491
1564 N Peace Haven Rd
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Stephen Hubert Homer, MD
(336) 768-7669
2501 Towergate Ct Apt 5
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1961

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Jerome E Jennings, MD
(336) 765-1571
1900 S Hawthorne Rd
Winston Salem, NC
Business
Jennings Clinic PA
Specialties
Orthopedics

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James Elbert Robinson, MD
(336) 724-0072
Winston Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1953

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William H Satterfield, MD
(336) 724-2310
Winston-Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1998

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James Edwin Rice, MD
(336) 768-9500
Winston-Salem, NC
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1979

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Thomas Gordon Handy, DDS
(336) 765-7870
1700 S Hawthorne Rd
Winston Salem, NC
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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