What is it about?

A review of RTP rates after conservative treatment of partial UCL injuries in overhead athletes along with descriptive components of each conservative intervention to identify an effective evidence-based nonoperative rehabilitation protocol.

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Why is it important?

Currently, there is no consensus on an effective nonoperative protocol for partial UCL injuries that uses return-to-play (RTP) rates in determining the outcome of conservative treatment.

Perspectives

This systematic review will guide clinicians during nonoperative care of partial UCL injuries in overhead athletes. This is the first article to support nonoperative care for partial UCL tears through the consideration of return to play rates as a factor in determining the success of nonoperative care. Nonoperative treatment is a viable option when specific rehabilitation components addressed in this review are conducted.

Nicole Cascia
University of Kentucky

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This page is a summary of: Considerations of Conservative Treatment After a Partial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury in Overhead Athletes: A Systematic Review, Sports Health A Multidisciplinary Approach, June 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1941738119853589.
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