Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher (and all-around good guy) Alex Cobb was recently diagnosed with a partially torn ligament in his elbow. Although he likely sustained this elbow injury by pitching 95 mile an hour fastballs, it is not uncommon for elbow injuries to occur after car accidents or workers' compensation injuries. Three types of elbow injuries that can be caused by a car accident or work comp accident include a sprain; lateral epicondylitis; and medial epicondylitis.
An elbow sprain is defined as a stretch or tear to one or more of the ligaments found in the elbow area. This type of injury can be caused in a car accident when the elbow is hyperextended or simply jammed, such as in a "stiffarm" collision. This can happen when a driver is driver is gripping onto their steering wheel bracing for a car accident. It can also happen when the elbow is struck by the door in a side-impact crash.
Lateral epicondylitis is also known as tennis elbow. This injury can be caused by work activities.The lateral epicondyle is the outside bony portion of the elbow where large tendons attach to the elbow from the muscles of the forearm. A person can develop lateral epicondylitis through repetitive motions of the forearm, such as using a manual screwdriver, washing windows, or hitting a backhand in tennis (hence the nickname). This tendon injury produces pain over the outside of the elbow with associated warmth and/or swelling in the elbow area.
Medial epicondylitis can be considered the opposite of lateral epicondylitis because it is injury to the tendons of the forearm which attach to the inner elbow. Because these tendons can be strain in a golf swing, this injury can be referred to as "golfer's elbow." Golfer's elbow develops local pain and tenderness over the inner elbow.
Let's hope Alex Cobb is able to bounce back from his elbow injury and lead the Rays in wins. If you or a loved one is experiencing elbow injuries from a car accident or work comp injury, it is important that you seek the advice of an orthopedist. Treatment may be just medication or injections, but without attention, surgery could be indicated.
Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.