What Is The Ulnar Collateral Ligament aka Tommy John 

The Ulnar Collateral Ligament (UCL) is a ligament (connects bone to bone) on the medial (inside) aspect of the elbow. The UCL is the main stabilizing ligament that protects the elbow against the stresses from overhead throwing activities. UCL tears occur because of the high stresses on the medial elbow when throwing a ball. While a single event or pitch is able to be identified when the tear occurs, normally an aching elbow exists prior to the formal tear. This type of pain called a prodrome. Increased numbers of daily throws at a will predispose the athlete to this injury.

 

Treatment For Tommy John / Ulnar Collateral Ligament

The best way to manage pain and inflammation from UCL is combining ice and compression. Icing (10-15min) contracts the blood vessels slowing down circulation, metabolic activity, thus decreasing inflammation and pain. As the muscle rewarms, blood vessels open wider than before, increasing circulation and metabolic activity to heal the injured area quickly.

Compression's main function is to engage a lymphatic flush. A lymphatic flush aids the body when it can’t rid itself of cellular waste during the healing process. The inflammation simply stays in the tissues, causing pain. If it can’t get out of the body, you can’t get better. By combing ice and compression therapy into one product speeds up the recovery process. 

HOW TO RECOUP GOLFER'S ELBOW: THE R.I.C.E. METHOD

Relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility with RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

Rest. Rest and protect the injured or sore area. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness.

Ice. Cold will reduce pain and swelling. Use your Cryosleeve right away to prevent or minimize swelling. Treat the affected area for 10-20 minutes 3 or more times a day.

Compression. Tighten your Cryosleeve using the BOA® Fit System dials to help decrease swelling. Adjust to your comfort level; too tight can cause more swelling below the affected area.

Elevation. Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while applying cold treatment and anytime you are sitting or lying down.

RECOUP UCL WITH THE CRYOSLEEVE

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