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Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury
An Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) injury will likely result in pain of the wrist, arm, and elbow. Although a UCL tear is common in sports players who perform repetitive motions, the injury can happen to anyone who suffers a fall with an impact or sudden jolt to the UCL. The pain is often responsible for a loss in the range of elbow movement.
UCL Injury Treatment
Some forms of UCL injuries can be treated non-surgically through physical therapy. The first stage of any treatment, however, is to rest and reduce the movement of the arm and elbow. Common analgesic drugs such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen help to reduce swelling and pain. When physical therapy does not solve the problem, surgical intervention may become necessary. In some cases, direct repair of the ligament is required. The ligament may also need to be reattached to the bone with sutures that tie into small holes drilled into the bone.
Non-Surgical UCL Injury Treatment Using Cell-Based Therapy
New techniques involving cell-based treatments and regenerative medicine have been developed which can help the ligament to heal more quickly and efficiently.
Please note that while the above conditions represent most of those that can be treated using either PRP injections or PRP injection in conjunction with cell injections, the specific method of treatment will be based on a patient’s age and health at the time of treatment, the severity of their condition and other factors. Learn if you are eligible for cell-based therapy.