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Craig C Newland, MD
(816) 781-6066
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr Ste 204
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics, Hand Surgery
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo
Group Practice: Liberty Orthopedic Assoc

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Bob Ern Craven, DDS
(816) 781-2255
Westowne Ctr Ste 502
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dennis L Harper, DDS
(816) 781-9230
16A Westwoods Dr
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Santosh George, MD
(816) 781-6066
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr Ste 204
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1997
Hospital
Hospital: Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo; North Kansas City Hospital, N Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Liberty Orthopedic Assoc

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Dr.Robert W. Haas
(816) 781-6066
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr # 204
Liberty, MO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Orthopedic Surgeon
General Information
Hospital: Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Santosh George
(816) 781-6066
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr
Liberty, MO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Richard Blair Curnow, MD
(816) 781-6066
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr Ste 204
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo
Group Practice: Liberty Orthopedic Assoc

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Robert Wilson Haas
(816) 781-6066
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr
Liberty, MO
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Craig Charles Newland
(816) 781-6066
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr
Liberty, MO
Specialty
Hand Surgery

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Robert Wilson Haas, MD
(816) 781-6066
2521 Glenn Hendren Dr Ste 204
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Liberty Hospital, Liberty, Mo; Trinity Lutheran North, Kansas City, Mo
Group Practice: Liberty Orthopedic Assoc

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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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