My 11 year old was diagnosed with a medial epicondyle fracture that occurred on May 30. We saw an orthopedic surgeon, who x-rayed both arms and you could see the separation of the growth plate in his pitching arm. The doctor recommended putting him in a cast for two weeks and no throwing and limited use since then. We are going back this week for a follow up consultation. I have read a lot on this website, and others about the nature, cause, and rehab from this injury but can not find anything directly about hitting. Any information relating to how long into recovery is it ok for him to start swinging a bat and hitting a little?
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Jul 6, 2016 14:35:17 GMT -6
11 years old for a medial epicondyle fracture is very young. Too young. Typically a baseball player with medial elbow injury is allowed to return to batting much earlier than pitching, but perhaps your son has been playing too much and needs to be completely shut down.
Did you ask your orthopedic surgeon about batting? What did he/she say? Each case is different, and you need to make a plan with you doctor.
Thank you for the reply. I may have used incorrect terminology, it is little league elbow that he was diagnosed with. We did get positive news from the Dr. Who said he is healing better than most and cleared him for hitting and set us up with an athletic trainer to work into a throwing rehab program. Once he heals and is pitching again, I am interested in the biomechanical evaluation - is there anybody in MI that you are aware of that does this?