Thumb collateral ligament injuries in the athlete
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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.
Cadaver studies have clearly identified the ulnar and radial collateral ligaments origin and insertion footprints for repair or reconstruction.
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.
KeywordsUlnar collateral ligament Radial collateral ligament Thumb Ligament tear Athlete Sport
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