Repair of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament of the Elbow: Rehabilitation Following Internal Brace Surgery (2019)
Abstract: Injuries to the elbow in athletes who play overhead sports, especially in baseball pitchers, continue to increase in frequency. The anterior band of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), the primary restraint to valgus stress, is commonly injured from throwing. Historically, such injuries have been treated with surgical reconstruction techniques, using a tendon autograft. A recently developed UCL repair procedure with an internal brace, utilizing collagen tape, is gaining popularity. The primary goal of this surgery is to enhance elbow joint stability while the ligament is healing and to allow earlier return to sport after UCL reconstruction. The rehabilitation program following UCL repair with internal brace progresses through a different time frame than after UCL reconstruction…..