Biomechanics of Reconstruction Constructs

Melissa A. Wright, Anand M. Murthi

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Ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries are common among competitive overhead-throwing athletes. Jobe described the first reconstruction of the UCL in 1976, which consisted of a palmaris longus tendon woven through bone tunnels. In recent years, the advent of new technologies has spawned new procedures that use modern implants. Newer procedures have been developed using suture anchors, interference screws, and internal bracing, among others. These newer procedures have been aimed at increasing the strength of fixation and avoiding potential complications. To date, there is a paucity of in vivo research comparing these techniques. The purpose of this chapter is to review the biomechanical data available to support the use of the most common reconstruction techniques currently used.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationElbow Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury
Subtitle of host publicationA Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783030695675
ISBN (Print)9783030695668
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • docking technique
  • elbow biomechanics
  • interference screw
  • Jobe technique
  • overhead-throwing athletes
  • Ulnar collateral ligament


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