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A Baseball Pitcher with Tommy John Elbow and Shoulder Pain Consults Dr. Lox

Apr 26, 2019

Baseball pitchers are notorious for elbow Tommy John and Shoulder pain problems. This pitcher consulted Dr. Lox for shoulder pain. The shoulder and elbow are prone to potentially career-ending injuries. The shoulder rotator cuff and glenoid labrum are particularly frequent injured sites in baseball pitchers. The elbow is universally famous for the Tommy John surgery and injury. Made famous by LA Dodger pitcher Tommy John, and the equally famous LA orthopedic surgeon Frank Jobe of the Kerlan-Jobe clinic who developed the surgery to get Tommy John back pitching in the major leagues.tommy john elbow

Baseball Pitchers Shoulder Surgery

Baseball pitchers who undergo shoulder surgery often don’t make it to the professional ranks. In fact, a great deal of them who have rotator cuff or glenoid labral surgery end up with a career-ending injury. Those that do make it back to pitching at the professional baseball at the professional level, some have stellar careers. However, the average lifespan after shoulder surgery in a professional pitcher is only about 100 innings. Not long indeed. This is why it is such a serious decision to make.

Baseball Pitchers Tommy John Surgery

Another surgery that is commonly known in baseball pitchers is the Tommy John surgery on the elbow. It was named after the Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Tommy John who first had it done. Tommy John surgery was performed by Frank Jobe of the famous Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Los Angeles. Tommy Jones was one of the few pitchers who had a stellar career after the elbow surgery. Just like shoulder surgery on professional pitchers, many do not pitch professionally again. Some have stellar careers, yet again, most who returned to the majors only pitch 100 innings. This show how hard it is to overcome both shoulder and elbow surgery in a pitcher who may need to throw 100 mph fastballs. It places great strain on the shoulder and the elbow.

Shoulder Stem Cells Injections as Alternatives to Shoulder Surgery

Many athletes and professional baseball pitchers have elected to shoulder stem cell injections, as an alternative to shoulder surgery. With all the young talent ready to take their place, and the foreboding odds of being one of the few who goes on to have a stellar pitching career after shoulder and elbow surgery, shoulder stem cell injection is becoming more appealing. The procedure to have shoulder stem cell injection is simple. Your own stem cells are harvested when they are prepared to a cleaner more, a concentrated version of stem cells ready to inject into your shoulder or elbow there is no significant pain, there is no shoulder sling, elbow wrap, or even pain pills. It is all very simple, amid the amount of time to return to play is much faster than with traditional surgery. Everyone is happy.

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About the Author

Whether you are a professional athlete, weekend warrior, or have arthritis from aging, Dr. Lox can help.

Dennis M. Lox M.D. is an internationally renown Sports and Regenerative Medicine specialist. Dr. Lox incorporates Regenerative Medicine techniques such as cell science applications, Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), and Tissue Engineering aspects, to help patients from around the world with a vast array of problems. Dr. Lox is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Lox lectures extensively and has edited two PM&R textbooks, the prestigious A State of the Art Review (Star) on Low Back Pain, and Soft Tissue Injuries: Diagnosis and Treatment.

Dennis M. Lox M.D. maintains an active practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area, and in Beverly Hills, California.