Little League Elbow


Little league elbow is a condition that compromises the structures in the medial (inside) area of the elbow, typically due to overuse and stress placed on the elbow joint by repetitive athletic movements. It most often occurs in adolescent baseball or softball players, and is most commonly seen in baseball pitchers due to the repetitive overhand motion involved in throwing the ball. Little leaguer’s elbow is typically a result of repetitive movement and overuse of the elbow by adolescent aged baseball and softball players, particularly pitchers. Stress and strain on the medial structures in the elbow can result due to the repeated cocking and following through motions involved in pitching a ball.


Signs and Symptoms

  • Pain.
  • Tenderness on the inside of the elbow.
  • Weakness of the elbow.
  • Stiffness of the elbow.
  • Redness, bruising or other discoloration where the injury occurs.


Treatment Options

  • Rest and/or immobilization.
  • Ice.
  • Nonsteroidal medication.
  • Physical therapy.
  • Surgery.


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