UCL Injury


Elbow Pain

Ligament sprains in the elbow are common in athletes, particularly throwers. The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is a critical stabilizing structure in the elbow, and sprains to this ligament can be devastating to a thrower's career. The mechanism of injury typically involves repetitive overhead throwing, leading to microtrauma and can sometimes lead to ligament failure. Treatment of UCL sprains often involves conservative measures, followed by a comprehensive rehabilitation program. However, a functional approach to treatment should also address the shoulder and neck, as imbalances in these regions can contribute to increased stress on the UCL and increase the risk of re-injury. Rehab, strength and conditioning, and modifications to throwing mechanics can all play a role in the successful rehabilitation of UCL sprains and help to prevent future injury.

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