Tommy John Surgery Gives New Life to Tired Arms

Written by admin on May 18, 2012 – 4:08 pm -

Every season, baseball fans lament the loss of some of their favorite pitchers to elbow injury. It is so common an occurrence that it is no longer a surprise – many fans seem to expect that one or more of their favorites will eventually fall prey to “Tommy John.” The doctors call it a UCLR – ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. Baseball players and fans call it Tommy John surgery, named after the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher for whom the procedure was first performed in 1974. It is one of the most significant advancements in sports medicine.  Read more about how this arm saving procedure has saved careers and allowed both men and boys to live their dreams.  http://www.orthonc.com/articles/Fixing_Pitches_Revised.pdf

 


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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 http://www.orthonc.com/news-updates/what-prp-therapy.


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