HSS Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 19–25

Nonoperative Management of Complete Lateral Elbow Ligamentous Disruption in an NFL Player: A Case Report

Authors

  • Mark S. Muller
    • Department of Sports MedicineHospital for Special Surgery
    • Department of Sports MedicineHospital for Special Surgery
  • Brian Feeley
    • Department of Sports MedicineHospital for Special Surgery
  • Ronnie Barnes
    • The New York Giants
  • Russell F. Warren
    • Department of Sports MedicineHospital for Special Surgery
Case Report/CME Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11420-009-9146-3

Cite this article as:
Muller, M.S., Drakos, M.C., Feeley, B. et al. HSS Jrnl (2010) 6: 19. doi:10.1007/s11420-009-9146-3

Abstract

Disruptions of the lateral soft tissue restraints of the elbow, including the lateral ulnar collateral ligament, are a well-recognized clinical entity which may result in chronic elbow instability. When symptomatic, most authors recommend surgery to reconstruct the LUCL. We report on a case of a professional football player who sustained complete disruption of the lateral collateral ligamentous complex from the lateral humeral epicondyle with extension of his injury into his common extensor origin. He was treated conservatively and returned to play after 4 weeks. Treatment algorithm and a review of the literature are discussed.

Keywords

elbow instabilitylateral elbow ligamentous disruptionacute elbow injury

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