Case Report/CME Article

HSS Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 19-25

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

  • Mark S. MullerAffiliated withDepartment of Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • , Mark C. DrakosAffiliated withDepartment of Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery Email author 
  • , Brian FeeleyAffiliated withDepartment of Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • , Ronnie BarnesAffiliated withThe New York Giants
  • , Russell F. WarrenAffiliated withDepartment of Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery

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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 instability lateral elbow ligamentous disruption acute elbow injury