Little Leaguer's Elbow (Medial apophysitis)

SurMedial Apophysitis, commonly referred to as Little Leaguer’s Elbow, is an injury of a growth plate on the elbow’s inner side.

What is it?

Surmedial Apophysitis, commonly referred to as little leaguer's elbow, is an injury of a growth plate on the elbow's inner side. Growth plates are the places where the new bone tissue forms. They are found near the ends of the long bones of growing children. But growth plates are weaker than the surrounding bone. That makes them easier to injure. 

What causes it?

Medial apophysitis is an overuse injury. It is caused by throwing again and again. 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 the "medial epicondyle." As the ligament repeatedly pulls the bump, the nearby growth plate becomes irritated and inflamed. Pieces of bone may begin to tear away. This can cause long term damage. 

Signs and Symptoms

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. 

NOn-surgical treatment

Medial apophysitis can be treated with proper rest and with a better throwing technique.

Surgical treatment

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.

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