Non-operative throwing injury treatment

Repeatedly throwing objects, such as pitching in baseball, can lead to shoulder and elbow damage. Non-surgical treatments can often be used to help the joints heal, especially for children.

Resting the arm by not throwing is the most important step of treatment, especially for children.

Icing the joint and taking anti-inflammatory medications may be needed to relieve pain and swelling.

Proper form, not throwing too much, and a gradual return to throwing are key to keeping problems from coming back. Your doctor and your physical therapist will work with you on a program to slowly get you throwing again.

If non-surgical treatment doesn’t work, you may need surgery for throwing injuries.