Collegiate Baseball Player - Osteochondritis Dessicans of the Humeral Capetellum Elbow Injury

Nolan Gray, from Lebanon, TN, said he had always had a strong pitching arm until he was a freshman on his high school baseball team. Then his arm began locking up. He consulted with multiple doctors who told him that there was nothing to do and that he would probably never play baseball again. He then went to Dr. Petty, who diagnosed osteochondritis dessicans of the humeral capetellum, a condition in which the compressive forces (from throwing a ball) on the outside of the elbow have caused part of the capetellum bone to die. This is normally a devastating injury in young athletes, but Dr. Petty has had good results using a novel approach. In Nolan’s case, Dr. Petty arthroscopically removed the dead bone from the capetellum, drilled holes in healthy bone to induce bleeding and healing, and packed the
void in the bone with bone graft material through a tube. All of this was done through a single entry hole which left a scar about 3/8th of an inch in diameter. Nolan says he is fully recovered, has no pain, and plays 3rd base for Cumberland University's baseball team. The video is a 'must see.'