Rupture of the Ulnar Collateral Ligament
Dr. Kirk Brumels, Hope College
Injuries to the elbow are a frequent occurrence in sports that can range from being a mild inconvenience to an injury that severely limits participation. This case study examines an acute rupture of the ulnar collateral ligament of the elbow. Injuries to this ligament are relatively common with repetitive motion sports, such as throwing or racquet sports, but usually present as a chronic of overuse type of injury. Acute ruptures are a more unusual occurrence. Signs and symptoms associated with these injuries are significant pain on the medial aspect of the elbow that intensifies with motion and instability of the elbow joint. Management options for this type of injury are dependent on clinical exam and expected/ desired activity levels of the patient. Both surgical and conservative treatment options will be outlined in this case study.
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