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

JBJS Rev. 2022 Apr 8;10(4). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.21.00158.


»: 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.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arthralgia
  • Humans
  • Tennis*
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage* / injuries
  • Triangular Fibrocartilage* / surgery
  • Wrist
  • Wrist Injuries* / complications
  • Wrist Injuries* / diagnosis
  • Wrist Injuries* / surgery