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Elbow sprains & DislocationsThe most common elbow sprain involves the medial ligament, similar to the medial ligament injury in the knee. It is usually a minor injury in a football player, although complete ruptures may occur. Medial ligament injuries are most common in throwing sports such as in baseball.
A sprained medial ligament usually results in patients losing full extension (straightening) of their elbow. This may only be a limitation in the short term (1-2 weeks), however if not treated well, some patients end up with a fixed flexion deformity i.e an elbow that has permanently lost full extension.
If a full ligament rupture is suspected, an MRI is recommended. If the patient is active (football, throwing etc), surgery may be required. After surgery, patient will be braced for up to 6 weeks with active recovery following over the next 6-8 weeks.
A dislocated elbow is a gruesome sight and difficult to relocate on the field. A dislocation is a medical emergency as blood vessels and nerves may be damaged. Patients must seek medical aid as soon as possible. Fortunately they rarely recur and have a short recovery period.
|PLAYERS WHO HAVE HAD ELBOW INJURIES||Name||Team||Onset||Year||Sport|
|Dean Greyling||Bulls||R 2||2012||UNION|
|Adam Byrnes||Rebels||R 2||2012||UNION|
|Kevin Kingston||Panthers||R 7||2012||NRL|
|Greg Inglis||Rabbitohs||R 15||2012||NRL|
|Matt Maguire||Brisbane||R 13||2012||AFL|
|Tiaan Liebenberg||Stormers||Round 6||2013||UNION|
|Lappies Labuschagne||Cheetahs||Round 11||2013||UNION|
|Michael Rischitelli||Gold Coast||Round 12||2013||AFL|
|Lance Franklin||Hawthorn||Preliminary Finals||2013||AFL|
|Sandor Earl||Raiders||Round 16||2013||NRL|
|Ashley Harrison||Titans||Round 24||2013||NRL|
|Pierre Spies||Bulls||Round 1||2014||UNION|
|Tanerau Latimer||Chiefs||Pre Season||2014||UNION|
|Mils Muliaina||Chiefs||Round 2||2014||UNION|
|Mils Muliaina||Chiefs||Round 9||2014||UNION|
|James Podsiadly||Adelaide||Round 18||2014||AFL|
|Robert Murphy||Western Bulldogs||Pre-season||2014||AFL|
|Glenn Stewart||Sea Eagles||Round 7||2014||NRL|
|Sam Burgess||Rabbitohs||Round 8||2014||NRL|
|Bryson Goodwin||Rabbitohs||Round 14||2014||NRL|