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Ronald Joseph Huerter, DDS
(913) 631-8941
12480 W 62nd Ter Ste 101
Shawnee, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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John A Romito
(913) 541-8897
12200 W 106th St
Overland Park, KS
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Foot & Ankle Surgery

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Chad Alan Waits, MD
Shawnee, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 2003

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Roger William Hood, MD
(913) 451-9310
12200 W 106th St Ste 400
Lenexa, KS
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Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1974

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Jack G Okerstrom, DDS
(913) 492-5290
7902 Quivira Rd
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Kyle Patrick Ritter, MD
Lenexa, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 2003

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R Wayne Thompson, DDS
(913) 631-0110
11005 W 60th St Ste 180
Shawnee, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Taylor L Markle, DDS
(913) 268-9500
11005 W 60th St
Shawnee, KS
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Mark S Humphrey
(913) 541-8897
12200 W 106th St
Overland Park, KS
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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John Anthony Romito, MD
(913) 541-8897
10550 Quivira Rd
Overland Park, KS
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1973

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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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