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Monday, July 28, 2014
I am a pitcher and recently my elbow has occassionally been pooping and sore. When hurting I have trouble grasping objects.
It is difficult to determine what is going on without being able to perform a clinical exam. I am sure I don't need to tell you about how serious an elbow injury can be to a throwing athlete, especially a pitcher. Popping at the elbow can be a variety of things and when accompanied by decreased grip strength, may be indicative of a subluxing ulnar nerve. Based on your symptoms and the limited information provided, I certainly would recommend a visit to a sports medicine or orthopaedic physician for an evaluation and for treatment recommendations before continuing to throw.
Jamie Birkelo, MA, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Department of Athletics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University