I suffered a Grade 2 UCL tear back in May (had MRI and ultrasound). I rehabbed for two months with no luck on the returning to throwing program. I tried an alternative to surgery next; a PRP injection. Things went pretty smoothly in my opinion and my ligament looked very good under ultrasound. About a month ago, I was throwing at roughly 95% velocity. However, one day I noticed I had loss a lot of velocity after roughly 15 pitches, but didn’t feel any pain while throwing. The next two days I was extremely sore in my elbow and did not throw. The soreness went away and I tried to just play catch and something was noticeably wrong. I’m now roughly 4 weeks since the re-injury. I have no pain in any valgus stress tests, but am unable to throw move than 60ft without any pain. I had an ultrasound exam yesterday, and my ligament looked great according to my doctor who works in professional baseball. He was unable to the explain my pain.
It is extremely frustrating knowing that 9+ months of rehab every single day was not enough. I have two remaining years of eligibility left, and with the baseball season already underway, I’m at a crossroad…
Do I attempt to rehab and continue the return the interval throwing program in hopes to be ready later in the year (however the doctor and my trainer could not say with any confidence when this would be) ? OR Should I get reconstructive surgery?
Also, what are good ways to remain upbeat and positive after suffered a re-injury?