Ulnar Collateral Ligament
I have an Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury. Does that mean Tommy John Surgery?
The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is located on the inside of the elbow and is the ligament that is most stressed by pitchers who throw heat. Typical UCL injuries cause swelling around the elbow, aches inside the elbow, instability, and tingling or numbness through the upper and lower arm. Our team’s diagnostic objective is to assess the level of the strain on your UCL, and determine the state of the entire elbow joint, your shoulder, wrist and hand.
Dr. Greenberg’s will perform a Comprehensive Kinetic Diagnosis. He will carefully examine your elbow, test specific parts of your elbow, and assess your arm movement through the shoulder and scapula to understand the underlying kinetics of the injury. We almost always find dysfunctional shoulder and scapular mechanics in those who have UCL and FCU (flexor carpi ulnaris muscle) damage. We feel correcting the entire problem and correcting dynamics produces a better end result.
Depending on the severity of the UCL injury, the team may suggest alternative therapies to strengthen the ligament plus Kinetic Regeneration Therapy (KRT). It is always better to regenerate a joint system than to rebuild a joint from scratch, which is close to what happened with Tommy John Surgery.
KRT uses the body’s natural healing processes to regenerate cartilage, tendons, ligaments and strengthen bone structures. Dr. Greenberg will discuss the objectives of each treatment and explain the therapeutic option that is most appropriate to improve joint functionality.
Kinetic Regeneration Therapy is an excellent choice for people who are looking for a non-invasive alternative to surgery. KRT has lower infection risks, shorter recovery times and is opioid-free.
Dr. Greenberg is a holistically-centered physician who not only treats the structural issues of your UCL injury but he also addresses You. We work with you through your recovery by recommending nutritional strategies, supplements and innovative therapies to nurture a sense of wellness for your body and mind.
If you or a loved one is looking for a new strategy to treat chronic aches and pains, fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment or call Dr. Greenberg’s office today at 833-440-4325.