The good news for Nicolas Batum is that he will not need surgery. The bad news? He has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, which will require rehab and will put him out of the game for six to eight weeks. Originally, Batum’s estimated recovery time was eight to twelve weeks. With the new timeline, he should be back in the line-up by the end of November at the latest.
The Charlotte Hornets guard/forward was born and raised in France. He played his first seven seasons in the NBA for the Portland Trail Blazers before joining the Hornets for the 2015-2016 season. Last season, Batum scored 1,164 points, had 481 rebounds, and had 456 assists, making Batum a valuable player for the Hornets.
An ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injury is often the result of repeated stress on the ligament. This makes basketball players, who often throw balls and reach over their heads, especially susceptible to an injury like this. The ligament may also get torn when the elbow is dislocated or suffers another trauma.
When someone tears their UCL, the person may hear a popping or experience sharp pain. In the case of a basketball player, while they will be able to lift the ball, throwing it may be difficult or impossible. As with many other injuries, tingling, numbness, swelling, or bruising may be evident around the injured area.
If you have suffered these symptoms, it is important to visit a qualified doctor right away. Your doctor may need to use x-rays, CT scans, ultrasounds, and an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. Once your doctor has determined the extent of the injury, your doctor can decide upon the best treatment for your injury. The good news is that ice, rest, and physical therapy are often sufficient. If not, your doctor may determine that surgery is needed. While recovery from surgery will take longer, full recovery is possible.