Forty-two team orthopedists representing all 28 major league baseball teams were surveyed to ascertain their definitive treatment for a hypothetical starting rotation pitcher who had sustained a grade III acromioclavicular (AC) separation to his throwing arm 1 week before the season. Twenty-nine (69%) of the physicians would treat the injury nonoperatively, while 13 (31%) would operate immediately. Twenty-five (60%) of the orthopedists had actually treated a pitcher or position baseball player with a grade III AC separation in the throwing arm, the 25 treating a total of 32 patients. Twenty (63%) of these injuries were treated nonoperatively, and 12 (37%) were treated operatively. The physicians reported that 16 (80%) of the patients treated nonoperatively regained normal function and achieved complete relief of pain, while 18 (90%) had normal range of motion after treatment; of those treated operatively, 11 (92%) regained normal function, achieved complete relief of pain, and had normal range of motion after surgery.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||American journal of orthopedics (Belle Mead, N.J.)|
|State||Published - Nov 1997|
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