Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprains Wausau WI

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Richard Newton Foltz, MD
(715) 842-3202
425 Pine Ridge Blvd
Wausau, WI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1975

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Wayne Alan Brearley, MD
(715) 847-2382
3200 Westhill Dr
Wausau, WI
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1988

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Wayne A Brearley
(715) 847-2382
3200 Westhill Dr
Wausau, WI
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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John Jay Hugus
(715) 847-2019
3200 Westhill Drive
Wausau, WI
Specialty
Orthopaedic Surgery of the Spine

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James P Sutherland
(715) 847-2382
3200 Westhill Dr
Wausau, WI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Gregory A Lamansky, DDS
(715) 355-7800
5305 Rib Mountain Dr
Wausau, WI
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Faruk S Abuzzahab
(715) 847-2382
3200 Westhill Dr
Wausau, WI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Daniel M Seybold
(715) 847-2382
3200 Westhill Dr
Wausau, WI
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Daniel M Seybold, MD
(715) 847-2382
3200 Westhill Dr Ste 201
Wausau, WI
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1980

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John T Dovorany, DDS
(715) 842-5688
216 S 3rd Ave
Wausau, WI
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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