UCL Injury Relief

Overuse of your elbow can occur especially in overhand throwing sports. When extreme stress is placed on the elbow it can result in an Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) Injury.


The surgeons at Onward Orthopedics are UCL injury experts.


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What is a UCL Injury?

The Ulnar Collateral Ligament tethers your bones together and helps control movement of the elbow joint. It exists on the inside of the elbow, attaching the humerus to the ulna. Overuse from throwing can cause a tear in the ligament leading to pain on the inner side of the elbow. Most patients develop these symptoms over time.

Symptoms of a UCL Injury

Pain or burning on inner side of your elbow
A sudden “pop” on the inside of your elbow
Limited ability to throw or decrease in throwing velocity
Tingling or numbness in the pinky and ring fingers

How is a UCL Injury Treated?

If rest does not help resolve the pain, it’s time to consider surgical treatment for your UCL Injury. Onward Orthopedic Surgeons are highly skilled in reconstructing your Ulnar Collateral Ligament through Tommy John Surgery.


Named after the former major league pitcher who had the first successful surgery in 1974, Tommy John Surgery is a procedure in which the surgeon reconstructs your UCL. Using a minimally invasive approach, the surgeon replaces the torn ligament with a tissue graft. Your new ligament will grow on this graft helping restore a complete range of motion to your elbow.


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