The medial collateral ligament (MCL) of the elbow is a frequent site of serious injury for competitive baseball players. The MCL is part of a complex of ligaments and tendons which stabilize the bones of the upper and lower arm. For amateur and professional baseball players who regularly throw a baseball more than 80 miles per hour, the repetitive throwing motion can cause inflammation, cartilage injury, bone spurs or the tearing of the MCL.
- Loss of elbow strength
- Inability to grasp objects
- Pain when bending the elbow
The stability and strength of the elbow can become compromised with an injury to the elbow MCL. Even with these seemingly noticeable symptoms, some MCL tears go undetected.
Treatment for a MCL tear may include a physical therapy program or surgical intervention, depending on the severity of the injury. Surgical treatment often yields excellent results.
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