March 9th, 2012

Health N' Sports: The Throwing Elbow

Staff Report

Health N' Sports: The Throwing Elbow
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Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic shares insight on baseball injuries

As a part of the Louisville Orthopaedic Clinic, the Sports Rehab Team physical therapists are knowledgeable and trained in the latest advancements and techniques available in sports rehabilitation. On a weekly basis, the Health N’ Sports Update will give information on prevention, recovery, and include special offers, as well as general health tips that would be beneficial to all. If there is a specific topic you’d like to know or hear more about, email future suggestions to

Pitcher’s Injury and Treatment                                               

Springtime means a change of seasons to warmer weather and the beginning of baseball season.  An increasingly prevalent injury is an overstress injury to the inside of the elbow or the ulnar collateral ligament.   This is typically the result of repetitive overhead throwing motions that occur in baseball, tennis and javelin throwing.  During the throwing motion, stress is placed on the inside of the elbow joint, specifically the ligament that connects the humerus to the ulna (see figure). 

Symptoms of this condition may include:

  • medial elbow pain when throwing (especially during acceleration)
  • gradual onset of pain 
  • decrease in velocity and control

Risk factors in high school:

  • Year round throwing
  • Seasonal overuse
  • Inadequate warm-up
  • Breaking pitches before age 14

Conservative treatment may include ice and rest, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, physical therapy with attention to shoulder, core and mechanics, and consider position change in a young patient. 

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