My son recently had elbow pain after a double heather freshman baseball games where he caught 7 innings, then pitched 5 innings and then caught again 1 more inning. We took him to the Dr and he said he had an UCL…. Dr. said no tear but to rest COMPLETELY for 2 to 4 weeks. Them to start throwing slowly to see if he has pain. Today (after complete rest for 4 week) he threw a few balls and felt something weird on his elbow… It was not painful but it was something he couldn't describe…. he stopped. Does anyone knows if thats normal? Could that be because he hasn't thrown for a month? Should he throw another few balls tomorrow and see if he improves or should he stop completely? His travel ball starts next week…. We have a Dr. appointment June 1 but Dr. needs to know if he has pain to order an MRI. We just want to know if that weird sensation is normal or if he is still hurt. Thanks for the help
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on May 27, 2016 6:29:57 GMT -6
Here are two definites:
1. Your son should not throw again before the June 1 appointment.
2. Your son (actually, all players) should never be a pitcher and a catcher. Research has shown that pitchers who also play catcher are far more likely to suffer a serious arm injury than pitchers who play other (non-catcher) positions.
I'm sure you and your son know the answer: the weird, indescribable sensation is not normal. Please post here, or click on my name and send me a private message, and tell me who the doctor is you are seeing and have seen, including what city you live in. I may be able to tell you if this is a good direction.