DOCTOR'S VIEWS ARCHIVE
Elbow Pain -- Star Pitcher Out
The Chicago Cubs star pitcher Kerry Wood will miss the entire 1999 season because of an elbow injury, leaving the Cubs without the pitcher who dazzled baseball in 1998 when he was the National League Rookie of the Year.
The 21-year-old right-hander damaged the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during his spring training debut this year.
The elbow is a frequently injured joint. Three long bones meet there -- the bone of the upper arm (the humerus), the inner bone of the forearm (the ulna), and the outer bone of the forearm (the radius) -- to allow the elbow to act as a hinge. The radius and ulna also meet in the elbow to allow for rotation of the forearm.
The outside bony portion of the elbow is referred to as the lateral epicondyle and is a part of the humerus bone. The lateral collateral ligament is attached to this area which can be injured, causing inflammation or tendonitis (lateral epicondylitis, or "tennis elbow").
The inner bony portion of the elbow is called the medial
epicondyle. The ulnar collateral ligament attaches here and
can be injured, causing inflammation or tendonitis (medial
epicondylitis, or "golfer's elbow"). It is the ulnar collateral
ligament that Kerry Wood injured.