I was wondering if anyone could help. I tore my medial collateral ligament (confirmed by MRI, no dye however) in my right elbow, dominate side, several weeks ago during Jiu Jitsu. Right now I’m supposed to wear a brace and stay off it. I will not be able to see the physical therapist for several weeks but, as you can imagine, I would like to stay active and help recovery in anyway I can. The tear was severe and almost complete. I’m having trouble finding any information online for those you are opting out of surgery.
Has anyone has had this injury before? If so, how long did it take you to recover without surgery?
Should I get surgery (Tommy John) or will I be able to recover and lift successfully without it? I’m not a ball player but would like to continue wrestling.
What are my limitations with exercise? Barbell squats a no? Band pull aparts a bad idea? Any advice in this regard would be greatly appreciated as not lifting is driving me crazy. I’m currently in a hinge brace.
Any recommendations on rehab protocols and exercises?
I will hopefully be able to see a physio soon but, until then, any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for your time and help.