I’m a 20 y/o D1 pitcher. When I was 16 I had an elbow OCD injury, rested it for about a year and came back well. I threw well enough to get recruited and recieve scholarship money. Fastforward to my senior year of high school my arm began to hurt again. I thought it was just a pinched ULC nerve and just some tightness. My velo dropped from 89-91 to 85-87 and my control sucked. I let it linger my senior hs season, that summer, college fall ball, college season, and finally I saw the doctor going form my freshman to sophomore year. Find out my OCD never healed properly and my UCL calcified. Got Tommy John and OCD surgery in one go in July of 2017. I started my throwing program last december and every time I throw the back of my elbow where I had the OCD surgery gets very tight and sore. Tommy John spot never bothers me. Just yesterday I was throwing from 90 ft and the back of my elbow was killing me. Worst pain I’ve felt in it before and after surgery. Does anybody know a college pitcher who has had the OCD surgery? I know of younger kids who have had it but I can’t find anything on collegiate or professional pitchers. I just want to find out if anybody else who’s had this surgery has gone through setbacks while throwing, pain levels, if they were able to return to the high level of competition they were at, how their velocity was. I have so many questions about it but don’t know anybody to talk to cuz almost no older pitchers have had it.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Mar 23, 2018 10:26:52 GMT -6
I'm sorry to hear about your elbow problems. You are correct that OCD injury and surgery usually occurs in younger pitchers (youth and high school level). The reason is that before a person is physically mature (done growing), they have weak points in their bones known as growth plates. After you finish growing, the growth plates are closed and the bones are strong throughout. So it seems like your OCD problem started before you were finished growing.
When you say you have pain on the "back of the elbow" do you mean the posterior elbow (this is, the pointy part of your elbow) or the lateral elbow (that is, the part of your elbow farthest from your hip if you touch your hip with your elbow and stick your palm out for someone to hand you something)?
Unfortunately, you need to stop throwing and go back and see the orthopaedic surgeon. Of course it is up to you whether you want to go back to the same surgeon or a different one. If you want, you can click on my name and send me a private message with the name of the surgeon who did your surgery, what you think about him/her, and what city you live near. I may then be able to give you specific thoughts about surgeons.