J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev 2021 04 9;5(4). Epub 2021 Apr 9.
From the Department of Orthopedics, New York Presbyterian, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY (Dr. Swindell, Dr. Trofa, Dr. Alexander, and Dr. Ahmad); the OrthoCarolina Sports Medicine Center, Charlotte, NC (Dr. Sonnenfeld and Dr. Saltzman); and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Atrium Health Musculoskeletal Institute, Charlotte, NC (Dr. Saltzman).
Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries are a common source of pain and disability in the overhead athlete and often result in notable loss of time from competition. Over the past 10 to 15 years, the prevalence of UCL injury and reconstruction has undergone a dramatic increase, making it imperative to determine which patients may benefit from a nonsurgical regimen. Nonsurgical treatment involves a multidisciplinary approach of rehabilitation with tailored physical therapy programs and, in certain cases, biologic adjuncts. Read More