New York Met Matt Harvey Injures His Elbow
New York Mets baseball fans may be shedding a couple of tears today as news hit of pitcher Matt Harvey’s potentially season-ending injury. Harvey was on fire on the mound and gaining celebrity status in the media, but now he might be forced to take a seat on the bench until 2015.
We see professional athletes get injured all the time and many resort to quick fix surgeries and speedy rehabs to get back into the game. However, Harvey’s elbow injury (a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow) was preceded only by “a little tenderness around the forearm muscles” of his pitching arm, as he described it. No pain, no tingling. Doesn’t seem like anything to worry about, right? But after more pain during his game on August 24th, Harvey requested the medical staff take a look. An MRI revealed the extent of his injury.
Whether the pitching phenom will have to undergo Tommy John surgery for his elbow is still to be determined after further testing. But the drastic turn from a little pain to a torn ligament is concerning for all athletes, causal players, and active people alike. With repeated stress from overuse, the risk for injury is drastically increased—no matter how much rest or treatment this young pitcher received.
Lessons learned from Matt Harvey:
If you are a baseball, softball, tennis player, or golfer, or if you use your elbow and arm often in rigorous activity, remember to be aware of any pain, tingling, or tenderness in the area. This is not to say that pain automatically means you are injured, but it is often a message. Be careful not to push through activity to the point of serious injury. Ice and rest are always good options. Also, stretching and strength training are preemptive measures that might keep you in the game and off the surgery table.
Accelerated Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation is experienced in getting you back into the game following injury or surgical procedures. We work closely with our clients to make sure they are not only pain-free, but also prepared to protect themselves with injury prevention exercises and techniques.