Alternative to Tommy John Elbow Surgery

August 9, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Garrett Richards (43) pitches the first inning against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, MLB’s Los Angeles Angels starting pitchers Garrett Richards and Andrew Heaney were both presumed to be out for the season due to tears in their ulnar collateral ligaments in their respective throwing elbows. This type of injury is what leads to Tommy John surgery.  This surgical procedure consists of extracting a healthy tendon from an arm or leg and then using this to replace a torn ligament in the arm. After the surgery, patients can expect a 12-14 month recovery.

Richards and Heaney have been making headlines for electing stem cell therapy in an effort to avoid having such an invasive surgery that would demand such a long recovery period. Stem cell therapy would involve a much shorter 12 weeks recovery which, if successful, would allow both pitchers Elbowto return this current season. This large difference in rehabilitation is highly attractive to not only athletes but anyone with a similar injury.

Trimming the recovery period by two thirds can prove very revolutionary in baseball and may lead to many other pitchers also electing to avoid the surgery and have the stem cell therapy performed instead.

Visit one of our premier offices in Queens or Long Island to determine if stem cell therapy can help you treat your elbow injury. Schedule an appointment today to begin relieving your pain today.

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