Thumb collateral ligament injuries in the athlete

  • Daniel M. AveryIII
  • Elizabeth R. Inkellis
  • Michelle G. Carlson
Hand and Wrist Sports Medicine (E Tolo and L Dwyer, section editors)
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  1. Topical Collection on Hand and Wrist Sports Medicine

Abstract

Purpose of review

The purpose of this review is to identify current principles in the diagnosis and treatment of collateral ligament injuries of the thumb in the athlete.

Recent findings

Cadaver studies have clearly identified the ulnar and radial collateral ligaments origin and insertion footprints for repair or reconstruction.

Summary

Ulnar and radial collateral ligament injuries are common in athletics. History and physical examination are paramount in determining partial versus complete tear. When surgical treatment is indicated, placing the repair/reconstruction in the anatomic footprint restores stability while maintaining motion. The senior author’s preferred techniques are reported.

Keywords

Ulnar collateral ligament Radial collateral ligament Thumb Ligament tear Athlete Sport 

Notes

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and animal rights and informed consent

All reported studies/experiments with human or animal subjects performed by the authors have been previously published and complied with all applicable ethical standards (including the Helsinki declaration and its amendments, institutional/national research committee standards, and international/national/institutional guidelines). This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel M. AveryIII
    • 1
  • Elizabeth R. Inkellis
    • 1
  • Michelle G. Carlson
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Hospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA

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