What is an elbow ulnar collateral ligament tear?

Ligaments are strong bands of tissue that attach bone to bone and help stabilize joints. The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is located on the medial side (inside) of the elbow. It stabilizes the elbow joint and is under high stress with motions such as overhead throwing. Repetitive high stresses to this ligament can break down the ligament and eventually cause tearing.

What are the symptoms of UCL tears?

  • Pain on the medial side (inside) of the elbow
  • Soreness along the medial side (inside) of the forearm
  • Sudden weakness or inability to throw hard
  • Tingling or numbness in the ring and pinky fingers
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What treatment options are available?

If the symptoms persist, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoon. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed and a treatment plan can then be discussed based on the findings.

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