The UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) is a major stabilizer of the elbow in the throwing athlete. It is also known as the “Tommy John” ligament after the famous baseball pitcher who had one of the first successful surgeries to reconstruct it after a tear.
Q. About two months ago I was playing flag football and reached behind me to grab the ball and someone ran into my arm. I felt a sharp pain and a pop. I went to the urgent care and they took X-rays, which were normal. I was given a sling and told I had a sprain and I should get better in a few days. The pain improved quickly and I felt good most of the time. Sometimes when I try to grab something quickly, however, I feel a snap in my shoulder and pain. After a few minutes I feel fine again. The snapping is not going away and it is annoying. If the X-rays were fine, why am I still having this problem and what should I do?
Q. I am a 42-year-old runner who has snapping on the side of my right hip. When I run and flex my knee, I feel a snap. Sometimes it hurts when it snaps. I did not injure it and it has gradually come on two months ago. I can still run but have had to cut down my mileage. It is getting annoying and I am also concerned if it is safe to run. What is my next step?
Q. Three weeks ago I fell on my right wrist. I felt a pop and it swelled and hurt. I went to the emergency room where they took X-rays and I was told nothing was broken. I wore a splint for a couple days. My wrist felt better and I was entered in a slot tournament. Just pushing the buttons was so painful I had to drop out. My wrist still hurts when I bend or rotate it. What should I do?
Q. I am 45 years old and have had worsening left shoulder pain for two months. In the beginning it just started hurting, but over the last couple weeks it hurts more and I am losing range of motion. I do not recall injuring myself. I have tried anti inflammatories and they do not help. What should I do now?
Hallandale's Milton Ingraham won the boys' shot put and discus titles at the Region 4-2A meet Thursday at Calvary Christian in Fort Lauderdale. Hallandale's Amani Heaven won the girls shot put and Ransom's Debbie Ajagbe won the discus title. April 27, 2017.
Hallandale shot put, discus throwers shine at regional meet
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