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Elbow Ligament Tear: Symptoms, Tests, And Treaments

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The ulnar collateral ligament runs along the inside of your arm and elbow and helps to stabilize the arm and forearm. This elbow ligament (the ulnar collateral ligament) usually tears as a result of serious injury, but sprains due to overuse are common to the area, especially in athletes.

Typically, ulnar collateral ligament sprains can be corrected or eased through non-surgical methods, but sometimes reconstructive ligament surgery, called a Tommy John procedure, is required to rebuild a seriously torn ligament.

The physicians and specialists at West Medical have treated numerous cases of Ulnar Collateral Ligament tears/sprains and have frequently performed successful Tommy John procedures. The staff at West Medical is well known for providing efficient and comprehensive care throughout all stages of treatment and recovery.

Call us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule an appointment or consultation with one of our renowned physicians and specialists board-certified in elbow ligament tear and begin your route to recovery.

Symptoms of an Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear:

  • pain, tenderness, and swelling on the inside of the elbow
  • bruising at interior elbow within twenty-four hours after the injury
  • weak grip, or a numb and tingly feeling in the fingers
  • stiffness or being unable to straighten the elbow

Tests for an Elbow Ligmaent Tear (Injury of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament):

A doctor will gather your medical history and conduct a physical exam to determine the extent of your elbow ligament injury. Scans may be ordered, like an x-ray or an MRI, to inspect the affected area.

Treatments for a Tear/Sprain of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament (Elbow Ligament):

Assuming that your elbow ligament injury is not severe, most routes of treatment are non-surgical, and involve the use of anti-inflammatory medicine, icing and rest, and possibly the use of a splint or brace to stabilize the ulnar collateral ligament as it heals.

If your elbow ligament is seriously torn or injured, surgery may be necessary to reconstruct or reattach the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow. Physical therapy is recommended for both surgical and non-surgical treatment options.

It’s important that treatment for your elbow ligament injury, whether surgical or non-surgical, is overseen by knowledgeable physicians to ensure a seamless recovery. The physicians, surgeons, and orthopedic specialists at West Medical have extensive experience successfully treating those who have suffered from an ulnar lateral ligament tear or sprain and can guide you personally through your care and recovery.

Call us at (855) 690-0565 to schedule a consultation or an appointment with one of the experienced physicians on our West Medical team.

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