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David C Gehring, DDS
(319) 378-3333
5012 Center Point Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Clayton Thomas Parks, DDS
(319) 363-3575
Parks & Schmit Orthodontics 2727 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jason Lee Schmit, DDS
(319) 363-3575
Parks & Schmit Orthodontics 2727 1st Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John S Koch, MD
(319) 365-5346
2155 Cottage Grove Ln PLSE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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David Seeger Tearse, MD
(319) 366-5633
825 5th Ave SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1983

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Brady Allen Novak, DDS
(319) 364-4222
411 10th St Se Ste 2400
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James Clyde Johns, MD
(319) 364-2697
1953 1st Ave SE Ste C4
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1979

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W John Robb, MD
2330 Linden Dr SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kevin Robert Eck, MD
(319) 364-8746
110 34th St SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1992

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William H Olin, DDS
(319) 365-6628
2720 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
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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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