Sports Medicine: What are the Treatment Options for Elbow Injuries in Young Athletes?

Overhead throwing places a lot of pressure on the shoulder and elbow. As you probably know if you watch baseball (and who in Kansas City hasn’t been watching baseball lately, right?), this type of tension is especially common in baseball pitchers and other throwing athletes who perform repeated overhead movements, often leading to serious overuse injuries. Unlike an acute injury that results from a fall or collision with another player, an overuse injury occurs gradually over time. It’s important to be aware of the number of pitches a small child has thrown in Little League baseball or throwing practice in order to prevent overuse injuries.

In the following video, I discuss elbow injuries in youth sports – causes, symptoms and treatment options, including Tommy John surgery:

Patients with sports-related injuries may also find the following information useful:

Charles E. Rhoades, M.D., board-certified orthopedic surgeonAbout the Author: Charles E. Rhoades, M.D., is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in conditions of the hand and upper extremities. His other areas of expertise involve the shoulder and sports injuries of the knee.


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