Ulnar Collateral Ligament Sprain/Strain

The medial collateral ligament of the elbow, also called the ulnar ligament, is located on the inside or little finger aspect of the elbow and prevents lateral (outside) to medial (inside) translation of the elbow joint. A sprain refers to an injury of a ligament and typically occurs due to stretch or trauma which causes overstretching and possible tearing of the ligamentous fibres. Medial collateral ligament sprains are typically caused by overload and are associated with repetitive overhead movements such as those seen in baseball pitchers, tennis players and volleyball players. They are also associated with forced twisting of the arm and from falling onto an outstretched arm. Medial collateral ligament sprains typically present as pain and swelling on the medial aspect of the elbow with associated valgus (an outside to inside force) laxity. Medial collateral ligament sprains is a similar condition to Little League Elbow Syndrome

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