Red Sox Crawford Elects Rehab for Elbow injury

Written by admin on April 27, 2012 – 11:34 am -

Boston Red Sox CF Carl Crawford recently sought a second opinion on his aching elbow.  The diagnosis of a partial tear of the UCL (“tommy john ligament”) was confirmed by Dr James Andrews.  Details surrounding the the onset of the injury are unclear, but reports confirm that an MRI and 2 medical opinions concur on the diagnosis.  Although traditionally, treatment of UCLs has favored surgery over rehab, recently many baseball subspecialists have elected a more conservative approach for partial tears.  Apparently Crawford has been treated with a PRP injection and a course of rehab.  Generally this requires 3 months of activity restriction and rehabilitation.  Long-term results for non-operative treatment are mixed, and PRP is an emerging technology, so Bosox fans will cross their fingers and hope for a speedy return of their Left Fielder.  For more info on PRP injections

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