It takes high school and college players on average 9-12 months to return from Tommy John surgery and 14-17 months for pros.
As for those who have TJ, multiple studies have found that 30-40% of MLB pitchers fail to return to their pre-TJ form for any extended period of time, and roughly 15% end up re-tearing their UCL.
Your ability to return and beat these odds will depend upon the location of your tear, the type of procedure your surgeon uses, and most importantly, your rehab process.
If your surgeon used a tendon graft for your surgery, recognize that it will take years for the tendon used in your surgery to become as strong as a healthy UCL. To give yourself the best chance of returning to your pre-TJ form and avoiding a second tear, you need to strengthen all the muscles that can help make your surgically repaired elbow become as strong as possible.
Regardless of the type of surgery you had, all surgeons agree that as part of your rehab, you will benefit by strengthening a group of muscles in your forearm called your flexor-pronator mass, and specifically your flexor carpi ulnaris (FCU), flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS) muscles, and the lesser known flexor digitorum profundus (FDP). These muscles overlay your UCL and are best positioned to offload the torque placed on your UCL when you throw.
Less strength in these key muscles means more fatigue when you throw. More fatigue when you throw means an increase in torque on your UCL. More torque on your UCL means the greater the chance of a tear. By increasing the strength of the FCU, FDS and FDP muscles, you reduce the torque placed on your UCL and the chance of a future tear.
Without question, your surgeon and physical therapist know the importance of strengthening FCU and FDS as an integral part of your rehab. But without a mechanism to adequately target each of these muscles, as well as the FDP, or measure objectively their strength levels, your surgeon and physical therapist are left prescribing exercises that are less than ideal. The common prescription of ball squeezes, rice buckets, hand grip exercises, fingertip push-ups, wrist rollers, and/or forearm curls is better than nothing, but none of these exercises match what FlexPro Grip provides.
FlexPro Grip has the ability to target, train, and objectively measure the strength levels of the precise muscles in the forearm, wrist, and fingers best positioned to offload the torque placed on your elbow when you throw, so you know with objective data when you can move faster in your rehab.
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