Monday, July 14, 2014

Little League & Little Elbows

Baseball tends to be the first organized/regulated sport in which skeletally immature athletes participate.  Years ago, there were no regulations in youth baseball and so overuse injuries were very common.  In recent years, instructions from the medical community have been enforced in Little League baseball (e.g. restrictions on innings pitched and mandatory rest days for pitchers).  These restrictions do help with the amount of pitching during a game, but they do not control the amount of pitching during practice or at home. One of the most common overuse injuries in youth athletes is little league elbow.

Little League Elbow / Pitcher's Elbow

Medial Apophysitis, also known as Little League Elbow, is a very common baseball injury in young athletes. This type of injury impacts players that throw repetitively and it occurs when there is a strong pull on the tendons and ligaments of the elbow. Typically, the pain associated with this injury is located on the knobby bump on inside of the elbow.

Symptoms

A youth athlete should stop throwing if they experience:
  1. Elbow pain
  2. Restricted range of motion
  3. Locking of the elbow joint
Treatment

Younger children may respond better to nonsurgical treatment.
  1. Rest
  2. Apply ice packs to bring down any swelling
  3. If pain persists after a few days of rest/ice or if the pain returns after the child resumes throwing, stop all activity and contact your doctor.

Disclaimer:
There is a fine line between blogging and giving medical advice. The content of this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.  Nothing contained in this blog is intended to replace the medical advice of a trained, licensed physician.
In all matters relating to your health, you are urged to consult a physician. You can contact Advanced Bone & Joint to set up a formal consultation appointment with Dr. W. Anthony Frisella, Dr. Dane Glueck, Dr. Brandon Larkin, Dr. Anthony Lombardo, Dr. John McAllister, II, Dr. Brian Meek, Dr. Paul Spezia, Jennifer Eickhoff, FNP-BC, or Matt Pliske, PA-C.

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