Little League Elbow Treatment
Young athletes are still growing and have unique medical concerns when it comes to sports and elbow injuries. Stress on developing bones and the musculoskeletal system can result in injuries that can be painful and restrict function. Little League elbow, or medial epicondyle apophysitis, can occur in young baseball players or throwing athletes, limiting elbow movement. Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine offers Little League elbow treatment at our medical facility in NYC’s Upper East Side.
What Is Medial Epicondyle Apophysitis?
During the growth years of adolescence, the bones have growth centers. On the inside of the elbow, there is a growth plate called the apophysis on the medial epicondyle. The muscles in the forearm are attached to the medial epicondyle, and with repeated use from a throwing motion, the growth plate or apophysis can become inflamed or irritated. This can cause pain and limit motion in the elbow, referred to as Little League elbow, or medial epicondyle apophysitis.
Little League elbow is most common in athletes ages 9-14. Symptoms can include pain and swelling on the inner elbow with difficulty throwing. In moderate cases, rest and physical therapy can be effective in relieving pain and restoring function to the elbow and arm once the growth plate heals. In more severe cases, the ligaments or tendons may need repair or reattachment with orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Jonathan Glashow is a renowned sports medicine orthopedic surgeon who offers the best medical care for athletes of all levels. When a young athlete is suffering from pain and functional issues caused by medial epicondyle apophysitis, Dr. Glashow can offer advanced Little League elbow treatment. If surgery is needed, there is no better orthopedic surgeon in New York City to perform this intricate procedure for a budding athlete.
If your child has severe Little League elbow and you want to explore the best treatment options, contact our clinic in New York City. We offer prompt consultations and treatment for elbow injuries.