IntroductionPitcher’s Elbow, also called Little League Elbow, results from excessive throwing motions used in sports. It most frequently occurs in baseball, but is associated with other sports that involve throwing. Pitcher’s Elbow causes pain and interferes with motion. Many cases of Pitcher’s Elbow respond to rest and nonoperative treatment. If left untreated, Pitcher’s Elbow can lead to significant problems that require surgery.
Arthroscopic surgery is not appropriate in every case, with some problems requiring open procedures. Your doctor will discuss the type of surgery that is best for your particular problem.
If you undergo surgery, physical therapy is helpful for regaining mobility, strength, and function after your procedure. Your therapists will teach you exercises specifically to improve the health of your muscles. They can help determine when you are ready to play again and advise you on how to care for your elbow during sports.
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