Growth plates are places where new bone tissue forms. They are found near ends of the long bones of growing children. But growth plates are weaker than the surrounding bone. The makes them easier to injure.
Medial apophysitis is an overuse injury, throwing again and again causes it. It’s a problem for young baseball players, especially pitchers. Throwing puts a lot of stress on the elbow’s ligaments. These are bands of tissue that stabilize the joint. One of these ligaments attaches to the bony bump on the inner side of the elbow. We call it he “medial epicondyle.”
As the ligament repeatedly pulls this bump, the nearby growth plate becomes irritated and flamed. Pieces of bone may begin to tear away. This can cause long-term damage. This injury causes pain on the inner side of your elbow when you throw. You may not be able to throw as hard or as far. Your elbow may swell, and it may be hard to move.
Medial apophysitis can often be treated with proper rest and with a better throwing technique. But in some cases, surgery is needed.
Our non-surgical sports medicine physicians can create a plan that is right for you. For more information, contact Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center at (205) 939-3699 and ask to speak with one of our non-surgical physician appointment schedulers.