After the initial review of the medical history of the patient and a physical exam, multiple tests and exams will be ordered to determine how severe the ulnar collateral ligament injury is. Often, diagnosing this kind of injury is more difficult and challenging than the treatment per se. They are usually diagnosed by a sports medicine expert or orthopedic surgeon. These tests and exams include the following:
While MRI scans typically show a UCL tear, they may not be 100% accurate. For this reason, injecting a special dye into the elbow joint before the MRI will increase the accuracy of the test.