Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury Specialists Bentonville AR

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Dr.Chris Dougherty
(479) 273-1111
1504 Southeast 28th Street
Bentonville, AR
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M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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James Marshall Mc Kenzie, MD
(479) 273-1111
2201 NW Vassar Ct
Bentonville, AR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1986

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Rodger C Dickinson
(479) 273-1111
1504 Se 28th St
Bentonville, AR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Dr.Rodger Dickinson
(479) 273-1111
1504 Southeast 28th Street
Bentonville, AR
Gender
M
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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John Douglas Mertz, MD
(479) 636-9607
101 N 37th St
Rogers, AR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: St Mary Rogers Mem Hosp, Rogers, Ar
Group Practice: Ozark Orthopaedic & Sports Ltd

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Jeremy David Smith, DDS
(479) 273-9300
4000 NE Kensington Ave
Bentonville, AR
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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James Marshall McKenzie
(479) 273-1111
1504 Se 28th St
Bentonville, AR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Rodger C Dickinson Jr, MD
(479) 273-1111
1504 SE 28th St
Bentonville, AR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1971

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Oscar Leon Henderson, MD
(479) 443-4301
5227 Spring Lake Ct
Rogers, AR
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1976

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Scott Cooper
(479) 636-9607
101 North 37th
Rogers, AR
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment

Injuries of the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpophalangeal
joint in the thumb sometimes referred to as “skier's thumb” are very
common and account for well over half of all thumb injuries. These
injuries, especially prevalent in skiers (representing nearly a third
of all skiing injuries), commonly affect participants in volleyball,
soccer, handball, basketball, and rugby as well. They are typically
the result of a fall. As people attempt to catch themselves, the
ligaments exceed their weight-bearing ability and the thumb pulls away
from the hand. In these conditions, the strong band of tissue attached
to the middle joint of the thumb sustains significant stress and
eventually tears.

Determining whether an individual suffers from skier's thumb requires
a comprehensive physical examination as well as thorough review of
one's patient history. Early diagnosis is paramount to successful
outcomes. Ulnar colateral ligament injuries are frequently overlooked
in initial diagnosis, and this inattention can limit the potential
stability of the restored joint. As such, it is necessary to pay close
attention to a patient's symptoms. Patients typically present with
swelling and pain around the joint, as well as difficulty holding or
grasping objects. Stress testing is crucial for accurate diagnosis and
may require local anesthesia to elicit full patient cooperation.
Patients suffering acute injuries may be extremely guarded, making
palpitation and, therefore, diagnosis difficult.

Much of the image diagnosis of skier's thumb relies solely on
radiographs. Though MRIs have proven accurate, there is some debate as
to whether they are cost-effective. Ultrasound, on the other hand,
holds promise. While its effectiveness can be limited by several
factors like examiner skill, quality of equipment, and the time
elapsed from injury, ultrasound has the potential to be both accurate
and cost-effective. However, more studies are necessary before
ultrasound may replace radiographs as the preferred form of imaging in
these cases.

Treatment options for ulnar collateral ligament injuries rely solely
on whether the ligament has been ruptured or only partially torn. In
cases of rupture, surgical repair is required, but partially torn
ligaments can only be treated with nonoperatively. Much of the
literature concerning treatment options has remained the same,
however, there has been rising debate concerning the management for
avul...

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