Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Tear
Athletes and others who continually use the elbow in a throwing motion may experience a common ligament injury known as a UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) tear. In addition to pain and swelling, this injury can limit throwing ability and speed. Keep reading to learn more.
Causes & Triggers
- Repetitive overhead throwing motion
Signs & Symptoms
- Decreased throwing ability
- Pain (especially inside elbow)
Tips & Treatment
- Non-athletes may be treated with a regimen of rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications, bracing and physical therapy.
- Throwing athletes, such as pitchers, may require surgical treatment to repair or reconstruct ligaments.
- The surgery is commonly referred to as “Tommy John Surgery,” named for a former Major League baseball pitcher.