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Extensor carpi ulnaris injuries in tennis players: a study of 28 cases


Pain on the ulnar side of the wrist is common among elite tennis players. Ten years of experience has allowed identification of a pathology involving the extensor carpi ulnaris (ECU) tendon. On the basis of 28 clinical cases seen over the last five years, three clinical patterns are described: (a) acute instability of the ECU; (b) tendinopathy; (c) ECU rupture. Each of these clinical entities requires a different therapeutic approach. A review of the relevant anatomy is provided.

  • ECU, extensor carpi ulnaris
  • MRI, magnetic resonance imaging
  • extensor carpi ulnaris
  • tennis
  • wrist
  • tendinopathy

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