Colin initially decided to undergo Tommy John surgery, involving repairing a damaged ligament in the elbow, then later changed course and decided forgo elbow reconstructive surgery for platelet-rich plasma injection. Surgical repair doesn't guarantee success so less invasive options are encouraging, especially as they can shorten the 14-18 month recovery period typically required after surgery. PRP injections are simple procedures done in office at Black Stone Physical Medicine in Corvallis, Oregon. Follow link to article.
Garrett Richards, pitcher of the LA Angels, recently underwent stem cell treatment for an ulnar collateral ligament (elbow ligament) injury. This procedure was used to avoid surgery and ultimately cut recovery time from 12 months to 12 weeks! He has not yet returned to play but has been cleared to throw and continue rehabilitation. This same treatment is provided by Dr. Marc Musson at Black Stone Physical Medicine. Regenerative treatments include PRP injections and stem cell injections.
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