Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Tempe AZ

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William A Salyer, MD
(602) 631-3161
690 N Cofco Center Ct
Phoenix, AZ
Business
Arizona Orthopaedic Associates Inc
Specialties
Orthopedics

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John Duane Jones, DDS
(602) 992-9760
2626 S Rural Rd
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Alan Joel Rothbart, MD
(480) 968-9293
2525 S Rural Rd
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1967

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Wolf Safrin, MD
(602) 840-4254
2055 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kath Univ Leuven, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Leuven, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1966

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Willard Smith Hunter, MD
(480) 831-0836
5125 S Rural Rd
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1956

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Alan J Rothbart
(480) 968-9293
2525 S Rural Rd
Tempe, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Douglas Arthur Clark, MD
(480) 839-0008
2055 E Southern Ave Ste G
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1977

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Douglas A Clark
(480) 839-0008
2055 E Southern Ave
Tempe, AZ
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Ruskin R Lines, DDS
(480) 966-4121
2415 S Rural Rd Ste A
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Jonathan Richard Fox, MD
(480) 607-9991
4450 S Rural Rd Ste C100
Tempe, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1979

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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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