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Hugh S West Jr., MD
(801) 314-4900
5848 S 300 E
Murray, UT
Business
Intermountain Orthopaedic Specialty Group
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Russell La Mar Sorensen, MD
(801) 571-1552
9844 S 1300 E Ste 250
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1977

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Gordon R Kimball
(801) 571-7061
9844 S 1300 E
Sandy, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Jay David Parkin, MD
(801) 571-7000
9844 S 1300 E Ste 100
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Languages
Spanish
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1988

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Donald A Schmidt
(801) 571-7061
9844 S 1300 E
Sandy, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Edward Chipman Spencer, MD
3260 E 9425 S
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1968

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Tony L Skanchy, DDS
(801) 571-0044
10220 S 1300 E
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Donald Alfred Schmidt, MD
(801) 571-7061
9844 S 1300 E Ste 275
Sandy, UT
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1975

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Russell A Toronto
(801) 501-5500
9720 S 1300 E
Sandy, UT
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Jeff Alan Iverson, DDS
(801) 571-9664
850 E 9400 S 201 S
Sandy, UT
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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