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Nicholas A Ransom, MD
(520) 624-0888
1714 W Anklam Rd
Tucson, AZ
Business
PIMA Orthopedic Associates
Specialties
Orthopedics

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Robert Kersey, MD
(520) 885-6701
6567 E. Carondelet Dr #415
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon
Gender
Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy

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William Anthony Grana, MD
(520) 626-4024
PO Box 245064
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1968

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Samuel Lucas Mortimer, MD
(520) 626-9245
1609 N Warren Rm 108-110 Dept of Ort,
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert Emile Hunter, MD
(520) 626-4022
PO Box 245064
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1975

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Jon Nisbet, MD
(520) 321-9850
1555 E. River Road Suite 125
Tucson, AZ
Specialty
Orthopaedic Sugeon
Gender
Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Knee and Shoulder Surgery

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Balz Isler, MD
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Zurich, Med Fak, Zurich, Switzerland
Graduation Year: 1972

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Lisa Marie Truchan, MD
(520) 626-4024
PO Box 245064
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1998

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Marci Dara Jones, MD
(520) 626-5931
PO Box 245064
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1994

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Brian Russell Duncan, MD
(520) 626-6303
1501 N Campbell Ave
Tucson, AZ
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 2002

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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.

What other information is available on ulnar collateral ligament sprains?

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