I had bone chips in my elbow from playing softball for years; many bone chips in there. When I would throw – extend my elbow – it would lock, it would pop; I would have a grinding sensation in the elbow. So I went in to see the orthopedist and they did regular X-rays. Really couldn’t see too much on the X-rays so they ordered an arthrogram of the elbow and then they followed it up with a CAT scan and, on there, we clearly seen the bone chips within the elbow.
They did give me different treatment options after I’d seen the orthopedist. We tried some physical therapy first. But then after a while, because I’m so active, I decided to go in, at the end of the season, and have the surgery done.
The docs went in, opened it up, took the bone chips out, cleaned it out a little bit. Right after the surgery, once the pain went away, it really wasn’t too bad. The biggest thing the doc wanted me to do was to get my arm extended again.
The exercises that were involved in my physical therapy were strengthening exercises, range of motion exercises, using the different colored bands. After my physical therapy was done, they did give me exercises that I can do along the way if I was having any more problems.
And then, about a year later, I was having locking arm problems again, so they went in arthroscopically, cleaned it out, took all the scar tissue out.
Arthroscopy is when they go into a joint. Like in my joint, they put a couple holes in there, they put a little camera in there; they can fix things from that camera inside of my joint. It’s less invasive. They don’t have to open the joint up; they can go in there and clean everything out for you. And I felt fine right after the surgery. There was no pain, no problem. I did some PT and actually I was out throwing again probably within four weeks.
The injuries have not affected my everyday life. I go about my business and just to know my limitations of what I can and can’t do. I would say my elbow surgery was 100% successful.