Home
Knee1 Headlines

Pitcher Undergoes Arthroscopy

Printer Friendly Version     Email this Article     Links/Reprints

Pitcher Undergoes Arthroscopy

Pitcher Undergoes Arthroscopy

January 11, 2001

By Tom Keppeler, Knee1 Staff

Before baseball players begin warming up for Spring Training, some routine maintenance needs to be done. The running, batting and pitching that players go through during the season takes its toll on baseball players. Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Chuck Finley is no exception—this week, he underwent surgery to clear out his rusty right knee.

Finley, who was 16-11 this season, avoided the team's injured list throughout the season. However, loose bits of cartilage troubled his knees during and after pitching, according to the Associated Press. An 18-minute procedure in Anaheim, California, by Dr. Lewis Yocum removed the floating bits of cartilage from his knee.

Stray bits of cartilage can be a painful and irksome problem in knees. Whether caused by a degeneration of the tissue, a forceful impact, or, as in most pitchers, overuse, cartilage may become dislodged from its origins within the knee. The cartilage may then plague the joint, making it painful to move, swollen, and potentially harmful to surrounding tissues. The arthroscopic procedure that removes it is known as debridement. To learn more about this procedure, click here.

Picture Courtesy of Major League Baseball.com.

Previous Stories

System May Better Detect Acute DVT

Despite Knees, Faulk, Johnson Win Acclaim

Carried out of Action

more Feature Stories


RSS

How to Properly Care for Your Joints to Avoid Arthritis
By kellygrimes
more more Blogs RSS

Burning Knee Pain
By JRR

Posted: Sep 10, 2014
My Goodness, such a large number of people without answers. The common symptoms among those commenting are the result of a focal connective tissue problem involving the common peroneal nerve. Try to ...

more more Forums Create a Topic

Gout
Gout
Learn more about gout, a recurrent and painful form of arthritis, and ...
more more Featured Videos

 
Dr. Robert Klapper

Dr. Robert Klapper:

Preventing Knee Surgery
  more
  more Heroes
  nominate a Hero
  Hero policy