Little league elbow is a syndrome caused by repetitive use of the elbow joint, and often appears in young teens or adolescents who regularly play sports. These repetitive motions (which include throwing motions) strain the ligaments, particularly where they insert on the bones. This can cause inflammation, tearing of the ligaments, and of course, pain.
The first action your child should take is actually inaction. If you suspect little league elbow, rest is extremely important. Take some time off from the sport, especially from the repetitive action (most likely throwing) that is causing the problem. Since kids have immature bones and are still growing, playing through the pain can actually lead to chronic injuries. So, the first thing you need to do is reduce stress on that joint. Keeping ice on the affected area can reduce inflammation and pain.
Next, if you suspect little league elbow (or tennis elbow, a similar injury) calling our office should be the next step. We can utilize chiropractic adjustments of the elbow to reduce compression and irritation in the joint, and get it moving well again. Active muscle release can also reduce inflammation and stress on the muscles. We can perform these treatments in our office, and get your young player back out on the field again soon.
Dr Green’s background in sports medicine, including a master’s degree in sports rehabilitation, lends the perfect insight to help athletes cope with injuries from repetitive use. Give us a call to set an appointment, and we will assess your injury and make a plan for treatment.
Please Note: This content is provided for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional health advice, diagnosis, or treatment.