Roughly eight percent of adult baseball players experience some type of overuse injury. However, for players ages 9 to 12 years old, that percentage can jump up to around 40 percent. Adolescent age players have an even higher chance of suffering an overuse injury.
The most common injury among young baseball pitchers is known as Little League Elbow, or medial epicondyle apophysitis.
What is Little League Elbow?
Little League Elbow develops when an athlete throws too much. Improper mechanics, lack of muscle strength or increased pitching counts can all contribute to the injury.
The medial epicondyle, the area affected by Little League Elbow, is the attachment site for the forearm muscles that stabilizes the elbow throughout the throwing motion. Repetitive pitching can put a large amount of stress on this growing area leading to inflammation and irritation. This irritation causes pain on the inner side of the elbow. It may also be accompanied by swelling and stiffness in the joint.
How Airrosti Treats Little League Elbow
Airrosti providers first conduct a thorough injury assessment to pinpoint the underlying cause of the injury. They will assess the area of the pain, but also conduct tests to check for core and hip stability, which may be a contributing factor to elbow pain.
Once the source of the pain is identified, the provider will develop a custom treatment plan to treat the pain directly at the source to minimize recovery time. The targeted treatment is combined with an at-home active rehab and stretching regimen that teaches the patient how to speed recovery using tools like the foam roller and lacrosse ball and also prevent future injuries.
If elbow pain has been bothering you or your young athlete, contact Airrosti today to find a provider near you.