Lakers’ Blake has Ulnar Collateral Ligament Tear

The injury riddled Lakers just sidelined their point guard Steve Blake for 6 weeks for a ulnar collateral ligament tear that he probably got during the road loss to the Washington Wizards on November 26, 2 weeks ago.

An MRI revealed the injury yesterday.

Blake (foreground) and Kobe Bryant (background) get checked out by team doctors (photo courtesy Lakers/NBA.com)

Blake (foreground) and Kobe Bryant (background) get checked out by team doctors (photo courtesy Lakers/NBA.com)

So, Prof, tell us about this ligament!

The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is a thick triangular band connecting the humerus to the ulna on the medial side, so it’s also known as the medial collateral ligament of the elbow. There are also ulnar collateral ligaments at the wrist and the thumb (the ulnar collateral ligament of the thumb actually never makes it to the ulna).

The UCL is the primary elbow stabilizer. Some reports have said people have seen Blake’s elbow hyperextended.

So what’s the treatment?

It looks like a lot of exercises. Blake states that if he was a baseball player, he’d probably have surgery, but he’s working on getting platelet therapy (PRP, platelet-rich plasma injections).

Elbow from a cadaver, courtesy Anatomist90 via Wikipedia

Elbow from a cadaver, courtesy Anatomist90 via Wikipedia

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