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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Alex Reyes’ possible elbow injury brings a bevy of potential outcomes. Local sports rehabilitation expert Dr. Richard Lehman of the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine said Reyes could be looking at a season-ending surgery.

“Usually what happens is they get soreness, but they lose velocity; they’re throwing 93, 94 (miles per hour), then 89 and 88,” Lehman said.

Lehman said if the elbow injury was severe, it could bench Reyes anywhere from eight weeks to nine months.

“It’s the inside part of your elbow and it crosses the joint and it’s maximally stressed every time you throw a pitch,” he said.

Lehman said a typical elbow injury for pitchers normally affects what doctors call the Tommy John ligament.

“The first thing you worry about is this Tommy John ligament; it can be career-ending or year-ending if you have surgery,” he said.

It’s ultimately the amount of tearing in the ulnar collateral ligament will determine treatment and the amount of recovery time needed to get back on track. Tommy John surgery typically takes just an hour to complete.

“It’s not that the healing takes a long time, but to get back to the level of college or professional pitcher takes a long time,” Lehman said.


ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A new band aid treats more than just a scraped knee.

Dr. Rick Lehman, orthopedic surgeon, discusses a new stem cell treatment that repairs the meniscus in the knee. The procedure involves harvesting stem cells taken from a patient`s bone marrow that are grown for two weeks and then surgically implanted.

The new treatment option would reduce the likelihood of onset osteoarthritis after a meniscus injury.


Fox 2 Now – Dr. Lehman – How to avoid common injuries associated with winter weather

February 7, 2017

T. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – This is the time of the year when orthopedic doctors see lots of patients for tears, sprains, strains and broken bones. Many of these injuries are preventable. Dr. Rick Lehman from the US Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood has tips for avoiding these injuries. By exercising, working and playing, […]

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Fox 2 Now – Dr. Lehman – Preventing (and getting relief from) rotator cuff injuries

February 7, 2017

When you hear of a rotator cuff injury you likely think of a pitcher or other pro-athlete, but that injury can happen to anyone. Dr. Rick Lehman, an orthopedic surgeon from the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine, visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to talk about getting some relief and even preventing a rotator […]

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Fox 2 Now – Dr. Lehman – Expert talks biologic knee replacement

November 1, 2016

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Rick Lehman has all you need to know about biologic knee replacement and what makes it stand out versus a metal knee replacement. The biologic knee resurfaces with cartilage instead of metal. The biologic knee will heal while a metal replacement will wear out like a tire. […]

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Fox 2 Now – Dr. Lehman – Artificial knee implant provides new treatment options for joint pain

October 7, 2016

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – People of all ages suffer from knee problems due to the wear and tear of the meniscus, a small piece of cartilage between the thigh and shin bone. Meniscus damage is painful and often problematic to treat, but fear not! Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rick Lehman is providing patients with a new […]

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Fox 2 Now – Dr. Lehman – The 5 ways to keep your spine healthy and happy

October 7, 2016

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It can be hard to balance work, family life and health insurance let alone while having back pain. There are new ways to keep your spine healthy and happy and to avoid lower back pain! US Center for Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Rick Lehman talks about the five ways […]

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Fox 2 Now – Dr. Lehman – Why it’s important for athletes to get full night’s sleep

September 14, 2016

ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Deep sleep restores spirit, as well as energizes the brain and body. If you get too little sleep, split-second decisions can be compromised. Dr. Richard Lehman, medical director for the U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in Kirkwood, visits Fox 2 News in the Morning to discuss why sleep has become a […]

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FOX 2 NOW – Dr. Lehman – Don’t worry about knuckle cracking

August 25, 2016

Are you a knuckle cracker? Maybe your mom probably told you, “that’s not good for you,” “you’ll break your fingers,” or “you’ll get arthritis”? Guess what – mom was wrong! A new study says that knuckle cracking is actually good for you. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Rick Lehman, founder of U.S. Center for Sports Medicine in […]

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FOX 2 NOW – Dr. Lehman – Explosive exercise injuries among patients under 30

August 2, 2016

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- You need to be fit if you’re going to go extreme white water rafting in Africa on Zimbabwe’s Zambezi River. That’s what orthopedic surgeon Dr. Richard Lehman just did on his family vacation. Does this qualify as an explosive exercise? He joined us to discuss how high-intensity workouts contribute to an […]

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