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UCL Tear/Tommy John Injury

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Has it become difficult to throw a ball or hold a racket? Our experts will diagnose and fix your elbow injury. You may know ulnar collateral injury as a "Tommy John" injury. It's commonly called that after the baseball player who first had the surgery used to repair an UCL tear. Our orthopedic experts help you weigh the pros and cons of the full range of treatment options.

In the elbow joint, the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) holds the lower arm and upper arm bones together. A UCL injury occurs from a sport that involves throwing or racket holding. An initial symptom is pain on the inside of your arm, from elbow to wrist. This can become a chronic condition, if it's not treated promptly. Rest, rehabilitation and/or surgery help relieve pain.