Ulnar Wrist Pain in a Tennis Player: Case Review and Discussion: A Team-Based Approach

Anthony L. Logli, Stacy R. Loushin, Adam F. Orlando, Sabine Tetzloff, Kenton R. Kaufman, Sanjeev Kakar

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» Ulnar-sided wrist pain is a common cause of debilitating wrist pain in stick-handling athletes. Due to the complexity of surrounding anatomy, the evaluation and diagnosis can be challenging.» Injury of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is the most common cause of ulnar-sided wrist pain. Repetitive, unrestricted pronosupination, wrist deviation, and axial-loading activity, such as in tennis, place substantial stress on the TFCC.» The ulnotriquetral (UT) ligament is a palmar thickening of the ulnar capsule arising from the palmar radioulnar (PRU) ligament of the TFCC. When injured, the UT ligament can be a source of acute or chronic ulnar-sided wrist pain. The ligament can avulse off bone, can rupture completely, or can split longitudinally.» Arthroscopic-assisted repair is a safe, reliable, and effective treatment for UT ligament split tears and peripheral TFCC tears.» Although the benefit of a team-based approach may be realized by most patients, high-performing, stick-handling athletes are part of a unique population who execute repetitive, extraordinary wrist movements. The high demand and functional requirement expected of the wrists require a uniquely tailored approach to return them to the same level of competitive play.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere21.00158
JournalJBJS reviews
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 8 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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