Little Leaguer's Elbow

Little Leaguer’s Elbow is also known as apophysitis of the medial epicondyle.  It is seen in young pitchers and is due to excessive throwing or poor throwing technique.  Overthrowing with poor technique causes stress on the medial epicondyle, which is a growth center.  It is especially a problem in athletes who do not take a break from participating in baseball.

 

 

Most athletes start to notice increasing pain in the inner elbow, longer recovery time and decreased velocity with throwing.  A Sports Medicine physician can diagnose this problem by getting a detailed throwing history and a physical exam.  X-rays are often taken to look for more severe injuries.

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