My son is 14 yrs. old. He has been pitching the last two years. It appears he developed soreness above the inside elbow of his right arm and extends 2-4 inches along the inside of his bicep. The soreness/tightness only appears when he is throwing and not batting or other arm movement. When not pitching he plays 2nd base. We recently took 3 months off but it has reappeared. Sometimes worse than other times. I believe it is related to mechanics--leading with his elbow rather than getting his arm up in the air. Any suggestions? Should we see a sports medicine physician? We are in Memphis, TN..
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Nov 18, 2005 8:25:41 GMT -6
esappen, There are some excellent sports medicine docs in the Memphis area. The best two for this type of injury might be Fred Azar, MD and Barry Phillips, MD, who are both at The Campbell Clinic.
Of course you might consider the 4-hour drive to Birmingham for a biomechanical evaluation at ASMI ( click here ). If you decide to come to Birmingham, you could also consider a medical appointment with some of the best in the business - Dr. Jim Andrews, Dr. Lyle Cain, or Dr. Jeff Dugas (205-939-3000).
My son is a well known 17 year old high school pitcher from SO CAL. He has been having elbow pain and has calcification around the elbow, but no tear in his elbow. (MRI) showed an area that was stretched a lot over time. The doctor has said his arm is bad. He has not pitched in 8 weeks and not lifted weights in 4weeks. Do you have any recommendations regarding treatment, therapy exercises. He is heading into his senior season and after 8 weeks of no throwing is still having pain and has a feeling of little strength. Should he have surgery or should we give it more time. Thanks for any information .
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Dec 1, 2005 14:12:08 GMT -6
The question of surgery vs. surgery is not one that can be answered online. You need to discuss this with your son's doctor. If you are unsure, it is certainly reasonable to get a second opinion.
I strongly advise that you seek the opinion of an orthopaedic surgeon who has been trained in a sports medicine fellowship program.
SO CAL is a big place - and far from us here in Birmingham, AL - so I'm not exactly sure where you are located. These are some excellent sports medicine doctors particularly good with baseball pitchers. I don't know which are near you:
Neal ElAttrache, MD @ Kerlan Jobe Clinic, Los Angeles
Lew Yocum, MD @ Kerlan Jobe Clinic, Los Angeles
Mike Shepard, MD @ Orthopaedic Specialty Institute, Orange
Brent Davis, MD @ Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Santa Ana
You might also consider having your son's mechanics checked by Tom House, PhD in Del Mar.