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Pitchers Breaking Arm

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Uploaded on Nov 25, 2011

MLB Pitchers breaking their humerus from throwing a baseball
Tony Saunders - '99 & '00
Tom Browning - '92
Dave Dravecky - '89

I wanted to share this video because I did the same thing when I was in the outfield trying to throw a guy out at home plate. Unfortunately my humerus broke completely in half and I damaged my radial nerve, causing my arm/hand to be paralyzed. The break required surgery where they installed a plate and nine permanent screws in my arm, but the bone eventually healed and I regained about 95% of the feeling in my arm !

I hope you're not viewing this video because you recently suffered the same injury, but if you did and suffered nerve damage, I wanted to share what first gave me some feeling back in my arm and then quickly gave me the remaining feeling and movement back. I attribute this to a Neuromuscular Stimulator, which my (minimal) health insurance plan actually completely covered. I started using the stimulator about two weeks after surgery, placing the electrodes in different areas of my arm. I continued doing this for about a month and saw no improvement UNTIL I placed the electrodes on the outside of my forearm, just below my elbow. When I found that money spot, the electric current would raise my hand and cause my fingers to spread as if I was trying to palm a basketball. I made sure to find that same spot each time I used the stimulator and each day I noticed significant improvement. After this encouragement I increased the stimulator usage to 2x a day for 30 minutes rather than the suggested 1x a day. Looking back, I feel placing the electrodes on this crucial trigger point and increasing the stimulator usage, is what really caused me to turn the corner and paved the way to a speedy recovery. The doctors and physical therapists all said it would take 6-8 months before I'd get the feeling and movement back; although I reached that point in just over two months. The surgeon said he's never seen or even heard of any case where almost full movement and feeling was regained faster than 3 months.
If you're curious, the specific machine I used was by EMPI and it was model 300pv. The specific PPR (pre-programmed regimens) setting I used was Muscle Re-education.
Anyway I hope you find this information helpful, I know how frustrated I was searching the internet without finding any meaningful recovery tips or solutions.

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