Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Saint Charles MO

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Robert A Shively, MD
(314) 652-4100
915 N Grand Ave
Saint Louis, MO
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Washington University Orthopedics
Specialties
Orthopedics

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John W McAllister
(636) 441-3444
112 Piper Hill Dr
Saint Peters, MO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Terrence L Piper
(636) 229-5900
112 Piper Hill Dr
Saint Peters, MO
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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Richard Baxter Helfrey
(636) 441-3444
112 Piper Hill Dr
Saint Peters, MO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Foot & Ankle Surgery

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Mark V Morrell, DDS
(636) 441-5777
1335 Queens Ct
Saint Peters, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James L Unger, DDS
(636) 939-3777
5913 Mexico Rd
Saint Peters, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Paul M Spezia
(636) 441-3444
112 Piper Hill Dr
Saint Peters, MO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Thomas Edward Albus, MD
(314) 575-0238
PO Box 430
Saint Peters, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1976
Hospital
Hospital: Depaul Health Center, Bridgeton, Mo

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Sujata Bhatia, DDS
(636) 970-4700
5863 Suemandy Rd
Saint Peters, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Paul Martin Spezia, DO
(636) 441-3444
112 Piper Hill Dr Ste 9
Saint Peters, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1986
Hospital
Hospital: St Joseph Health Center, Saint Charles, Mo; Barnes St Peters Hosp, Saint Peters, Mo
Group Practice: St Peters Bone & Joint 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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