Medial Collateral Ligament Injury or MCL

Medial Collateral Ligament Injuries (MCL) of the Elbow

A medial collateral ligament (MCL) injury is an uncommon injury to the elbow. Typically found in baseball players, an MCL elbow injury can be a painful condition that makes throwing or pitching a baseball impossible.


  • Loss of elbow strength
  • Inability to grasp objects
  • Pain when bending the elbow

The stability of the elbow and strength of the extremity may become compromised with an injury to the elbow MCL.   Even with these noticeable symptoms, some MCL tears can go undetected.

Treatment for a MCL tear may include a physical therapy program or surgical intervention, depending on the severity of the injury.

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After graduating from Loma Linda School of Medicine Dr. Unsell spent more than a decade serving at Loma Linda in several positions including the Assistant Professor of Orthopedics as well as the Assistant director of the Hand Fellowship Program. He has been involved with the training of 35 hand fellows, 15 of which now hold academic teaching positions.