Treatment of a UCL Injury
The treatment of a UCL injury depends on patient’s age, patient’s activity level and extent of the ulnar collateral ligament tear. Dr. Verma will explain all available treatments at the time of consultation.
A mild UCL injury is typically treated with non-surgical measures such as rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications and a physical therapy recovery program. Dr. Verma may also recommend the athletic player’s mechanics be evaluated and corrected, if needed.
If the UCL injury is too severe or doesn’t respond to non-surgical treatment, Dr. Verma may recommend surgery. Many cases of an ulnar collateral ligament tear are treated using an arthroscopic reconstruction procedure. Known as the “Tommy John” procedure, Dr. Verma will use a patient’s own forearm tissue to reconstruct the damaged ligament. In cases where a patient’s tissue cannot be used, a donor tissue (allograft) will be utilized.
For more resources on elbow pain, an ulnar collateral ligament tear or other UCL injury, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Nikhil Verma, elbow specialist serving the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois communities.