Collateral Ligament Injury

Causes  |  Symptoms  |  Treatment Options

What Is A Collateral Ligament Injury?

Our ligaments are responsible for holding our bones together. The collateral ligaments of the elbow hold the bones that make up the elbow and prevent the forearm from moving sideways at the elbow. Tears occur due to dislocations of the elbow from falls or in particular sports, such as Jiu-jitsu. The collateral ligament injury may also be associated with fractures around the elbow.

What Are The Symptoms of A Collateral Ligament Injury?

The symptoms of a collateral ligament injury are pain and instability, in which the elbow may feel loose and not secured. In severe cases, there may be recurrent dislocations.

What Are The Treatment Options Available For A Collateral Ligament Injury?

Treatment options for a collateral ligament injury may vary according to the severity of the damage. A brace may be recommended in mild cases to stabilise the elbow and allow the torn ligament to heal.

In more severe cases or cases associated with fractures, it is likely that surgery will be needed to repair or reconstruct the torn ligaments.