Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (UCLR) of the elbow with either the docking or the modified Jobe technique both offer patients excellent results, according to a new study.
Many people are concerned about increases in elbow pain and injuries in youth pitchers. Pitching lessons aim to help players learn the proper way to pitch in an effort to help prevent injuries.Naturally, there are many ways pitchers can injure their elbows while throwing. However, there are two main culprits behind elbow pain: overuse and improper biomechanics.
Many pitchers get Tommy John surgery to repair arm injuries. The recovery often keeps the player out of action for the equivalent of a full season or longer. But the wait is usually worth it because the pitcher’s arm can be stronger when he returns. That is a good thing about the surgery, but some people think it’s cheating.
A 2015 study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found athletes between the ages of 15 to 19 accounted for 56.8% of all Tommy John procedures.Even though the pandemic shut down spring training, professional pitchers were still throwing a lot in preparation for a shortened season amid the pandemic.Pitchers’ arms in particular are tired after throwing fastballs with full force and curve balls using a twisting arm motion to get the ball to break and spin.
For more than 4 decades, reconstruction of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) using some type of autograft tissue has been the standard of care for UCL-injured athletes. This article reviews the history of UCL repair including the rationale for the revival of interest in primary repair of the UCL as an option for the treatment of select athletes as well as the early clinical results indicating the short-term successful outcomes of the procedure in properly selected athletes.