Elbow UCL Sprain Treatment
Elbow UCL sprains are caused by repetitive stress or an acute injury to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in the elbow joint. Whether it’s an injury from work, playing sports, keeping fit or just getting older and not being in the shape we once were, CARESPACE Health+Wellness in Kitchener and Waterloo can help.
Effective treatment for elbow UCL sprains
There are many causes of elbow UCL sprains
Repetitive stress injuries, especially from sports activities such as baseball, wrestling, and tennis, can weaken the UCL leading to a sprained elbow. Acute injuries that cause elbow UCL sprains most often involve a blow or fall where the arm is forcefully straightened beyond its capacity, resulting in strain and inflammation of the ligament. Fortunately, chiropractors, physiotherapists, and massage therapists may be able to help reduce symptoms and speed up recovery time with treatments such as manual manipulation of sensitive areas around the injured area as well as bracing and stretching exercises tailored to meet the needs of each patient. Taking proper preventative measures will help minimize your risk of experiencing this type of injury.
Get the best treatment to help your elbow UCL sprain
We all know that health and wellness is important, but with so many competing priorities, it’s hard to stay on top of it. CARESPACE provides the best treatment options to help heal your elbow UCL sprain quickly. CARESPACE uses a result-oriented, natural approach to rehabilitation and wellness with your choice of Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy. CARESPACE practitioners work together to understand both your primary concerns and long-term health goals. Multidisciplinary evidence-based plans are designed to address the root causes and are developed to provide fast and long-lasting relief to ensure you can start living your healthier life today.
An elbow UCL sprain is an injury to the main stabilizing ligament of the elbow joint, otherwise known as the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL). The injury typically occurs due to repeated stress from activities such as throwing or other strenuous motion. UCL sprains range in severity and can sometimes occur in combination with other types of arm injuries including fractures, dislocations and sprains. Severe cases may require the consultation of a doctor or specialist for diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. A full recovery is possible with proper care, but it requires rest and adherence to any recommended therapeutic exercises in order to achieve optimal results.
Symptoms of a UCL sprain include localized pain, tenderness, swelling, and decreased range of motion in the affected area. As the injury progresses, there may be an audible clicking or popping sound when the elbow is moved, as well as a decrease in overall stability of the shoulder and upper arm. A diagnosis can be determined through physical examination and imaging tests (such as an MRI), which can also determine the severity of the injury and whether surgical repair is necessary. It’s important to seek medical attention promptly if these symptoms arise, as delaying treatment can result in worsened damage to the ligament.
Treating an elbow UCL sprain requires a comprehensive plan from chiropractors and physiotherapists to help the patient heal. Chiropractors can help ease tightness of the elbow’s muscles, tendons and joints through hands-on treatments and adjustments. They may also recommend exercises for stretching and strengthening. Physiotherapy often includes mobilization or manipulation of the elbow as well as exercise rehabilitation plans. Massage therapy is another treatment option that can be beneficial in treating an UCL sprain. An experienced massage therapist may target soft tissue restrictions that cause pain, weakness, tightness or decreased range of motion in the affected joint. With chiropractic care, physiotherapy and massage therapy employed together, healing from an UCL sprain can become a reality.
Get the best elbow UCL sprain treatment that's right for you
Chiropractors are health care professionals focused on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders, with an emphasis on treatment through joint manipulation, exercise and education. Available both in-person or online with TeleCARE.
Massage Therapists use a range of soft tissue and joint stimulation techniques. Massage stimulates blood flow, restores muscle elasticity, and relieves built-up tension to repair your body and allow a calmer outlook on life.
Physiotherapists work with you when you’ve experienced a work or sports injury, or are suffering from a chronic condition. You’ll improve strength, increase range of motion to restore your body’s functionality. Available both in-person or online with TeleCARE.
Not sure which discipline to select?
Chiropractic, Massage Therapy and Physiotherapy can be effective treatment for your elbow UCL sprain. Choose any one of the above. Once the initial assessment has been completed, you will be directed to the discipline and practitioner who will be able to deliver the best results.
Still not sure? Simply give us a call at (519) 208-2273 and we will help find the right therapy for your needs.
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