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Non-operative ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) treatment

The ulnar collateral ligament is the ligament that connects the upper and lower arm bones at the elbow. It can be injured by repeated throwing, and is a common injury in athletes of throwing sports such as baseball. If it is injured, there is pain on the inside of the elbow.

Resting your arm and not throwing is the first step of treatment. Anti-inflammatory medications will help reduce the pain and inflammation. You may have physical therapy and an evaluation to make sure that your throwing mechanics aren’t contributing to the issue. Injections may also help.

If you have a complete tear, surgery may be necessary.

Physicians who provide non-operative UCL treatment

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