Rehab is going well. I’m going to physical therapy 3 times a week to increase range of motion. I am almost at full range of motion, I’m less than ten degrees away so everything is going well. I’m excited to see my progress its already been a month since surgery. I go back to the doctor December 3rd and I’ll get out of my brace at that time and able to begin isometrics at that time. Thanks for checking, I appreciate it.
There wasn’t a specific time that jumps out at me that says boom I needed surgery. I got into a freak collision with my first basemen back in march where his knee hit my elbow and after that, the pain set in so that is my guess as to where it started. I went to a doctor immediately and he said that it was just a pinched nerve and I could throw on it without further damaging it as long as i wore this tennis elbow brace he gave me. He told me to take a month off after my season and I would be fine. I threw from March to August with this pain thinking it was nothing more than a pinched nerve and after taking a month off, I came back and began throwing and the pain was still there. i went to a different doctor in downtown Chicago and he knew right away something was going on in the medial collateral ligament and requested an mri immediately, something the first doctor never did. He got the mri and found a complete tear in the mcl and scheduled surgery right away. He said during surgery he found a tremendous amount of seperation between the ulna and humerous bones and also found the complete tear he was looking for. He said he was amazed that I could even throw a ball with that kind of destruction in my elbow let alone throwing the hardest I ever have, hitting 87 in mid july.
I began working with my uncle after he purchased all of your products and doing video we found i had many faults. I don’t have the video but he should somewhere on his computer. We worked on getting my momentum going prior to hand break, pushing the ball down out of my glove to get into high cocked later in the delivery, having a good strong landing position with my lead leg and staying sideways longer and getting down the mound as fast as possible. I recently purchased your book on explosive mechanics and am waiting for its arrival so I can study more. My mechanics improved over time helping me hit 87 but I know I can hit 90 with more and more work. My progress will be set back a little bit due to surgery but now I have a year to work on getting my entire body into more athletic shape and working on my mechanics for a full year without having the stress of a season put on my arm. I’m excited to work hard with your mechanics because I feel I can be a huge success story for your program when I put in the work and dedication. It’s been three weeks since surgery and my range of motion is coming along well.
I can try and get the old footage for you if you’d like to use me as an example for your other clients, I will also post video of my new mechanics in the coming months when I can begin working on mechanics. If there is anything else you would like to know, just get back to me, you can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any further questions as well.
I’m a righty, 20 years old, a junior in college. I’ve heard the saying that tommy john is almost like a right of passage now in the baseball world, especially for pitchers, everyone usually will need it eventually, because, this may surprise you, the number one factor in why athletes have to get the surgery is number of pitches thrown with a higher velocity being a higher risk. With that said, it’s a tragedy to have to see kids at that having tommy john, the surgery is like getting a new elbow, i pitched on my old elbow for 13 years…..How long did they? 4? 5? It’s a shame.
As far as rehab goes, when it comes time to throw, I can’t pitch off of a mound until I can throw from 150 feet pain free. I don’t see long toss as such a beneficial arm strengthening tool but I believe in the rehab sense, they are having me overload distance wise to prepare me for the 60 feet 6 inch requirement of the mound. Dick is a proponent of this theory in a sense when talking about pitching specificity saying if you wanna throw 100 pitches in a game you better be able to throw 120 in practice. So I believe that type of long toss during rehab is beneficial because you’re not rehabbing as a pitcher only, you are rehabbing as a baseball player with a new elbow. I don’t endorse long toss with the kids I teach and only get out to about 100 feet myself when playing catch before a start. There is little arm strength to be gained from throwing to help increase your velocity when a few tweaks can be made to your mechanics to get you more velocity instantly. Tim Lincecum’s weight lifting is doing 1/2 pound burrito curls and he isn’t hurting in the velocity department. So, in closing, long toss as a type of overload or prehab(measures taken before a problem happens)=ok, I’m alright with that… Long toss as a way of gaining arm strength to throw harder=Come on, I’m pretty sure we all see the velocity spikes that can be had from proper pitching mechanics, and it’s not pitching specific.
BTW, even though I’m a Red Sox fan, I’d love to see the Cubs get a championship too!
Dr. Mark Cohen did my surgery, he is the head team physician for the Bulls and White Sox. He just did Carlos Boozer’s hand surgery. My immediate rehab as of right now is just staying put until Friday, I’m still in the wrap cast with the splint and I’ll get the brace Friday. As far as Friday goes, I should be able to start doing leg workouts, but only doing range of motion exercises for my elbow in an effort to try and get full range of motion within six weeks. I’m excited to get things going because this could be the best thing to happen to my career. With revamped, Dick Mills mechanics, I should be better than ever and am excited to see what can happen. Dr. Lorin Brown from northwest Indiana diagnosed me incorrectly back in March when I got into a collision with my first basemen saying it was just a pinched nerve and I could throw on it. I threw on it from March to August with a torn medial collateral ligament and i think I could still throw effectively with that type of injury because I began implementing Dick’s mechanics, my body was doing more of the work taking less stress on the elbow and i hit 87 for the first time in my life with a completely torn ligament. I am optimistic as to what I can do after rehab with Dick’s mechanics entirely. If you’re looking for a good doctor in the Chicago area, go to Mark Cohen at Rush University.