Hey guys I am 16 and play 1st, 3rd and I pitch. Last year I was having some inner elbow pain so we went to a doctor and I was diagnosed with medial epicondylitis and a microtear (wasn’t told where the tear was and never got an mri or anything. Only X-ray to check humorous). I was told to take 6 weeks off of throwing. After those 6 weeks I started light tossing with my coach and made my way back to throwing from 3rd to 1st. It eventually started hurting again so I didn’t pitch at all and only played 3rd and first (on high school team). Then I started summer ball and played 3rd and 1st and also pitched, all while still going through the pain.
After summer ball ended (July 2017) I stopped throwing for awhile and hoped my arm would get better. We have now started practicing again (high school team) (February) and the pain came back but I thought I just had to battle through it because it wouldn’t go away. Yesterday my friend and I were doing some long toss and right before I released the ball I felt a weird sensation in my arm that wasn’t really a pop but felt like someone thumped the side of my arm and I could barely move my arm afterwards. My whole are from elbow to finger tips was tingling and in pain. I then went home and iced it.
Today it feels heavy, sore, tight, and has some minor swelling. I tried throwing but my arm just feels weak and dead. I also have significant velocity loss compared to last year. Lifting weights hurts it, fully extending my arm I get a sharp pain, but other than that it’s maybe only a 2/10 on a pain scale. What should I do about this?
Last Edit: Feb 4, 2018 14:18:33 GMT -6 by panthers22
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Feb 5, 2018 9:55:02 GMT -6
I am impressed to see you looking into this situation for your arm. I would like to help you, but would like to loop in your parents in the conversation. As you may know, I am the Research Director of the American Sports Medicine Institute. In this position, I am aware of the research and best treatment for baseball pitching injuries. I would welcome a phone call from your parents, or an email from you. If you send an email to me, be sure to CC your parents so that they will be in the loop.
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