Skilled Treatment for UCL Tears in Reno, NV
Residents of Reno, Nevada, and nearby communities can rely on Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic to treat ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears. Dr. Rueben Nair — one of our skilled sports medicine specialists — and the other orthopedists on our team have extensive experience treating a wide variety of UCL injuries.
What Is the UCL?
The UCL is located in your elbow, where it connects your humerus (upper arm bone) to your ulna (a bone in your lower arm). UCL injuries generally occur over time, as a result of repeated overhead movements (for example, throwing a baseball). You could also tear your UCL by falling onto an outstretched arm. After sustaining a UCL injury, you may experience pain on the inside of your elbow, as well as swelling and weakness. You might also notice tingling and numbness in your pinky and ring fingers.
How Are UCL Tears Treated?
In many cases, UCL injuries can be treated using conservative techniques, such as pain medication, icing, physical therapy, and periodic rest. In some instances — such as where there is a complete UCL tear or where conservative treatments don’t provide relief — surgery may be necessary. The reconstruction procedure used to address UCL tears is known as “Tommy John” surgery, named for a baseball player who was the first person to undergo the operation. During Tommy John surgery, the surgeon replaces the UCL with a tendon from a separate area of the body — typically the forearm, hamstring, or foot — or from another source. This procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re in the Reno, NV, area and think that you’ve sustained a UCL tear or another UCL injury, contact Tahoe Fracture & Orthopedic Medical Clinic today. We’ll be happy to schedule an appointment with Dr. Nair or one of the other skilled orthopedists on our team. You can also request an appointment online.