Q. Dr. Selesnick, I was playing basketball and got kneed in the front on my thigh last week. It really hurt and I had to stop playing. That night my thigh swelled and my thigh and knee got stiff. I rested it but it still hurts and I walk with a limp. I thought it was just a bruise but now I am startling to worry. Will my leg go back to normal soon or should I see a doctor?
I was running to catch my dog and I got a sudden, sharp pain in the back of my thigh and butt. At first I had trouble walking and sitting. I rested it and took Advil. It is slightly better, but I am still limping. What is my next step?
Q. My son is a 17-year-old lineman who just started his high school football season two weeks ago. He has developed pain in his lower back that gets worse whenever he is blocking. He had this pain last year, but it went away when he stopped playing football. However, this year it seems a lot worse and he has already sat out of practice twice. The trainer says it is just a lower back strain and he can play soon. I am worried it is more than that and wonder what I should have my son do?
Q. I play golf two to three times a week and have had pain on the inside part of my right elbow for two months. I rested it for two weeks, but when I went back to play it hurt even worse. I tried ibuprofen and it did not help. I want to know how to get rid of the pain. What should I do?
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.
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