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Elbow pain

03/13/2006

Question:

I am a pitcher and recently my elbow has occassionally been pooping and sore. When hurting I have trouble grasping objects.

Answer:

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.

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Jamie   Birkelo, MA, ATC Jamie Birkelo, MA, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer, Department of Athletics
Instructor
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University