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The Thumb pp 123-136 | Cite as

Collateral Ligament Injuries

  • Ji Hun Park
  • Jong Woong ParkEmail author
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Abstract

The ulnar and radial collateral ligaments play an important role in stabilizing the thumb metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joint. Injury of these ligaments may result in long-term pain and functional disability. Varus–valgus stress tests in both extension and flexion of MCP joint have great diagnostic value. MRI with increased resolution allows precise evaluation of integrity of collateral ligaments. The degree of joint instability on clinical examination allows classification of these injuries and guides management. Although acute and partial collateral ligament injuries are usually managed conservatively, complete rupture combined with unacceptable instability is treated surgically. Repair of acute ruptures and reconstruction for chronic injuries results in excellent outcomes and allows for return to sporting activity.

Keywords

Joint Finger Collateral ligaments Reconstruction 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryKorea University College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea

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