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

Mark S. Muller, MD
Department of Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery

Mark C. Drakos, MD
Department of Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery

Brian Feeley, MD
Department of Sports Medicine, Hospital for Special Surgery

Ronnie Barnes, MA, ATC
The New York Giants


Russell F. Warren, MD

Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College

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.

This article appears in HSS Journal: Volume 6, Number 1.
View the full article at springerlink.com.

About the HSS Journal

HSS Journal, an academic peer-reviewed journal, is published twice a year, February and September, and features articles by internal faculty and HSS alumni that present current research and clinical work in the field of musculoskeletal medicine performed at HSS, including research articles, surgical procedures, and case reports.


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