Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury Specialists Hartselle AL

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Lew Sample, DDS
(256) 355-5255
2014 Danville Park Dr SW
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Penny L Taylor, DMD
(256) 351-1118
1320 Stratford Rd SE
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Dabney Y Hofammann
(256) 350-0362
1103 16th Ave Se
Decatur, AL
Specialty
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Robert Stacy Tapscott
(256) 350-0362
1103 16th Ave Se
Decatur, AL
Specialty
Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery

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Richard Scott Sharp
(256) 350-0362
1103 16th Ave Se
Decatur, AL
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Reconstructive Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

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Jay Richard Solorio
(256) 353-8811
2828 Highway 31 S
Decatur, AL
Specialty
Orthopedic Surgery

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Ronald Edward Brown, DDS
(256) 350-1347
2026 6th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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Richard Scott Sharp, MD
(256) 350-0362
1103 16th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1995

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Ewin Burrow Jenkins, MD
(256) 350-0362
1103 16th Ave SE
Decatur, AL
Specialties
Orthopedics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Decatur General Hosp, Decatur, Al
Group Practice: Decatur Orthopaedic Clinic

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John R Keahey, DMD
(256) 355-1669
1906 Flint Rd SE
Decatur, AL
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Orthodontics/Dentofacial Orthopedics

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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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