Management of thumb meta-carpophalangeal ulnar collateral ligament injuries

Peter C. Rhee, David B. Jones, Sanjeev Kakar

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Abstract

▶ Untreated ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury of the thumb metacarpophalangeal joint (MCPJ) can lead to longterm pain and functional limitations. ▶ Detection of a UCL injury involves sequential examination of true and accessory ligaments and comparison with the uninjured side. ▶ Acute partial UCL injuries can be successfully treated nonoperatively. ▶ Acute complete or displaced UCL injuries can be successfully treated with operative repair. ▶ In cases of chronic UCL injury, treatment options include static and dynamic reconstructions. ▶ If painful arthrosis is present with chronic UCL instability, salvage may be performed with MCPJ fusion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2005-2012
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series A
Volume94
Issue number21
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 7 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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