July 28, 2016
font size

Definition of Ulnar collateral ligament injury of the elbow

Ulnar collateral ligament injury of the elbow (UCL): An injury of the ulnar collateral ligament, a structure that helps maintain the anatomical relationship between the bones of the forearm and arm. Injury of the ulnar collateral ligament can occur suddenly when the ligament is torn or may develop slowly over time with repeated activities that stress the ligament. Athletes at particular risk for ulnar collateral ligament injury include overhead throwers like baseball pitchers, those who play other throwing sports, volleyball and tennis. Symptoms can include pain on the inner side of the elbow, stiffness of the elbow joint, numbness or tingling of the ring and little fingers, and a weak hand grip. Mild injuries are treated conservatively, although surgery may be required when unresponsive to other treatments.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
Last Editorial Review: 3/14/2014 8:20:17 PM

Drug Medical Dictionary of Terms by Letter

Top RxList Drug News

REFERENCE: Washington Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine. Ulnar collateral ligament injury of the elbow.

Use Pill Finder Find it Now See Interactions

Pill Identifier on RxList

  • quick, easy,
    pill identification

Find a Local Pharmacy

  • including 24 hour, pharmacies

Interaction Checker

  • Check potential drug interactions
Search the Medical Dictionary for Health Definitions & Medical Abbreviations