Tommy John Injuries in Baseball
Tommy John Injuries in Baseball are an increasing concern in baseball, also known as UCL injury. UCL stands for Ulnar Collateral Ligament which is located in the elbow and is a major stabilizing structure of the elbow joint. Tommy John injuries in baseball occur when this ligament is overused or weakened, leading to instability of the elbow joint during throwing motions. The most common symptoms of UCL injury include pain and swelling in the elbow joint, decreased range of motion, decreased throwing velocity, and decreased accuracy.
Tommy John surgery is the most common solution to UCL injuries and is a surgical procedure to reconstruct the damaged or weakened ligament. This surgery is very successful for restoring elbow function and allowing athletes to return to throwing. However, this surgery is not always necessary and can be avoided with the proper physical therapy.
Physical therapy is an effective treatment for Tommy John injuries in baseball or UCL injuries and can help strengthen the muscles and joints in the elbow, improve range of motion, and improve throwing mechanics. Physical therapy can also help to prevent UCL injury by utilizing exercises and stretches to improve flexibility and reduce the risk of injury. The therapist can also create a strength and conditioning program to reduce overuse of the UCL and keep it from becoming damaged.
Physical therapy is a great option for treating and preventing Tommy John injuries in baseball or UCL injuries in baseball. It can help athletes return to throwing and prevent further injury or the need for Tommy John surgery. If you are a baseball player suffering from UCL injury or are at risk for UCL injury, be sure to speak with your doctor or physical therapist about the best treatment options for you.
Comeback Performance helps baseball athletes eliminate pain, optimize throwing mechanics, and maximize potential. Comeback Performance is unlike any other physical therapy practice and specializes in the transition from traditional physical therapy to the playing field, by bridging the gap between rehab and performance. “The Comeback is Always Stronger Than the Setback.”
Schedule a free discovery call with Dr. Joey, Brighton Physical Therapist, and we can set up a plan to schedule a throwing or performance evaluation and discover the WHY behind the injury in the first place and improve throwing mechanics, improve baseball performance and keep baseball athletes healthy long term.