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Sports Med Arthrosc Rehabil Ther Technol. 2012 Dec 14;4(1):49. doi: 10.1186/1758-2555-4-49.

Treatment of stress fracture of the olecranon in throwing athletes with internal fixation through a small incision.

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  • 1Department of Physical Therapy, Hyogo University of Health Sciences School of Rehabilitation, 1-3-6 Minatojima, Chuo-ku, Kobe, 650-8530, Japan. hfujioka@huhs.ac.jp.


The present study is a report of retrospective case series of stress fracture of the olecranon. Six patients presented posterior elbow pain in throwing in baseball and softball, but fracture was not diagnosed in radiographs. We detected stress fracture of the olecranon using computed tomographic (CT) scan and treated the patient with internal fixation with a headless cannulated double threaded screw through a small skin incision. All patients returned to competitive level without elbow complaints after the operation.When throwing athletes present with unusual posterior elbow pain and no significant findings on radiographs, a CT scan examination should be performed. We recommend surgical treatment of internal fixation with a screw through a small skin incision, as a good option for stress fracture of the olecranon in order to allow early return to sports activity in competitive athletes.

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