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I felt a pop and my elbow hurts

Author: Sydney Cryder, DO
Peer-reviewer and Final editor: Alex Tomesch, MD

A 13 year-old male presents with acute onset of medial elbow pain after throwing a football, at which time he felt a 'pop' and is now unable to fully extend at the elbow. He is tender to palpation at the medial epicondyle. He has a history of Little Leaguer's Elbow. 

Image 1. Case courtesy of Dr. Henry Knipe,, rID: 41533


Image 2. Case courtesy of Dr. Henry Knipe,, rID: 41533




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