HSS Journal

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 19–25 | Cite as

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

  • Mark S. Muller
  • Mark C. Drakos
  • Brian Feeley
  • Ronnie Barnes
  • Russell F. Warren
Case Report/CME Article


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.


elbow instability lateral elbow ligamentous disruption acute elbow injury 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark S. Muller
    • 1
  • Mark C. Drakos
    • 1
  • Brian Feeley
    • 1
  • Ronnie Barnes
    • 2
  • Russell F. Warren
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sports MedicineHospital for Special SurgeryNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.The New York GiantsEast RutherfordUSA

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