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Hey guys,

After seeing two doctors, the second being Dr. Ciccotti (Phillies), I have been diagnosed with a partially torn UCL. I still have a dynamic ultrasound test next week to determine the severity of the tear but just wanted some opinions. I'm a pitcher going into my senior year of college. This past season is when I started dealing with elbow pain but I pitched through the season and took a couple weeks off to see how it was but the pain came back even worse a few weeks later after 2 summer games. Right now I'm in the middle of physical therapy to work on my "kinetic chain". Has anyone had any experience with rehabbing a partially torn UCL? I've heard too many stories where pitchers have rehabbed and ended up needing TJ anyway. If I get surgery obviously my senior year is out of question but as I was considering grad school even before my injury, I would consider it more due to surgery. I'm not sure what I should do because time wise if i get surgery, I will almost definitely be able to play in grad school while if i continue to rehab and end up needing surgery in a few months then I will most likely miss 2 more seasons. BTW, the first doctor recommended I get TJ if I ever wanted to throw 100% again.

Any opinions or experiences are greatly appreciated!

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MidAtlanticDad posted:

Did Dr Ciccotti talk to you about the "Primary Repair" technique? I have read that it significantly reduces rehab time, but the surgeon won't know for sure whether or not you're a candidate until the scope is in your elbow. May be worth investigating.

http://m.mlb.com/news/article/...my-john-alternative/

Thanks! He didn't discuss surgery much since hes hoping I can rehab it but I'll bring it up to him at my follow up appointment in 2 weeks. Although if I have the surgery in August, 6-7 months recovery would bring me back during the first month of our season, it may be worth considering.

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Based upon orthopedic advice, my son sat out 6 weeks at the end of his senior HS season. He then rehabbed from approx. May 20 thru July 10. Got to college, nothing hurt, per se but his velocity was down 3-4 MPH and then slowly dropped further until he called and said elbow was hurting again.

Had to have TJ surgery. Was told PRP would make it feel better but that in the Ortho's opinion (Kremchek), it was a short term fix and son would be right back in 5-6 month needing TJ surgery. He elected to have the surgery. Would do the same again.

BUT every body is different in healing. Good luck to you and I pray for healing!

RedFishFool posted:

Based upon orthopedic advice, my son sat out 6 weeks at the end of his senior HS season. He then rehabbed from approx. May 20 thru July 10. Got to college, nothing hurt, per se but his velocity was down 3-4 MPH and then slowly dropped further until he called and said elbow was hurting again.

Had to have TJ surgery. Was told PRP would make it feel better but that in the Ortho's opinion (Kremchek), it was a short term fix and son would be right back in 5-6 month needing TJ surgery. He elected to have the surgery. Would do the same again.

BUT every body is different in healing. Good luck to you and I pray for healing!

Thanks for sharing your experience! That's exactly what I don't want to happen and it adds on to the similar stories I've heard. Obviously I wont make any final decisions until I see my doctor again and discuss with him but I'm leaning towards surgery because with grad school as an option it seems to give me the best chance to play my 4th year.

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