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Little League Shoulder Treatment

Young athletes that play baseball or other overarm throwing sports can be susceptible to injuries of the shoulder. Little League shoulder is an inflammation of a bone growth plate on the upper humerus. The injury can result in a separation of the growth plate from the upper arm bone. Our top-rated medical experts and surgeons at Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine in NYC offer Little League shoulder treatment to help young athletes obtain pain relief and restore range of motion in their arm and shoulder.

Little League shoulder is caused by strain and repetitive use of the shoulder with a throwing motion. Baseball, racquet sports, swimming and other sports where overarm motions are common can cause Little League shoulder. This occurs in young athletes who are still skeletally immature with a growth plate on the upper humerus. The cartilage in the growth plate can become inflamed or deformed, causing pain when using a throwing or overarm motion. This condition is most common in adolescents 11-16 years of age.

Recovering from Little League Shoulder

Incorrect throwing or overarm movement and overuse can cause Little League shoulder injuries. The key treatment is rest. It is crucial for the growth plate to heal before attempting rehabilitation of the shoulder. In some cases, continued throwing or use of the arm and shoulder in young athletes with Little League shoulder can result in fractures of the growth plate. It is important to see a sports medicine specialist to evaluate shoulder pain in young athletes. They will determine if Little League shoulder treatment is needed to reduce pain, aid in recovery and prevent further damage to the shoulder.

If your child is involved in throwing or overarm sports and complains of shoulder pain, stop training and come see our experts at Jonathan Glashow, MD, Orthopedic Surgery & Sports Medicine. We can perform a thorough exam and determine if your child needs Little League shoulder treatment. Contact our clinic in UES New York City to schedule your appointment to meet with our sports medicine specialists.

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