Elbow discomfort


#1

I am a college pitcher going into his sophomore year. I started having elbow pain last year in July. I went to pt all summer and shutdown throwing. I was told I was ready to pitch and started pitching in September for my college team. Still had terrible pain in my elbow so i shutdown and got a MRI. The MRI did not have any tears therefore they diagnosed it as tendonitis again. I strengthened my scapula,grip strength , and rotator cuff and took more time off. In January I started to throw again and still had pain therefore I redshirted and went back to strengthening my decelerators. It is now June and I have been throwing for 1 month and I’m starting to feel discomfort again in my elbow.
throughout all this I have had 2 more mir’s that both came back negative and have had numerous pitching coaches look at my mechanics. The pitching coaches all said that I have good mechanics and I clean arm path and use my lower half well. I throw 85-88. Does anybody have any suggestions for me at this point. Arp wave? Prp injection?, doctors think I should just rest again.


#2

I would contact Dr. Glenn Fleisig at ASMI (American Sports Medicine Institute) (asmi.org) (205-918-2139 / GlennF@asmi.org) and ask him to recommend an orthopedic sports doctor in your area.


#3

I agree that at this stage you really need to be dealing with an orthopedist who is experienced with baseball/throwing injuries.

Also, have any of the coaches who looked at your mechanics said anything about timing?


#4

Building off the other answers about seeing an orthopedist…

Since you have fully recovered your muscles, and trained decelerators, and still feel pain, I think it’s time to take a solid look at your mechanics. Try to find other, experienced, coaches and see what they think. I follow the coach of a certain program, and he constantly gets college players like you who don’t have optimal lower body, and add a lot of stress on their arms - despite being told they have great mechanics by their coaches.


#5

ARP wave is a hoax. Well, thats what it seems like to me anyway. Go see the best Ortho you can find near you and see what he has to say. Best of luck.