Whether you are a professional or amateur athlete, you can be susceptible to a throwing injury. If you are in pain, schedule an appointment with the board-certified doctors at OrthoNeuro today! We have many offices located throughout Columbus, OH for your convenience.
A throwing injury is an injury to the shoulder joint or elbow that a throwing athlete may sustain while playing a sport that requires a significant amount of overhead throwing motions. These injuries are primarily seen in sports such as:
Overuse injuries are common in throwing athletes. A repetitive throwing motion or serving a ball can cause significant stress on a throwing athlete’s shoulder, resulting in injury.
Your shoulder is a ball and socket joint made up of three bones:
These bones all work together and are stabilized by ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
There are many common throwing injuries that an athlete, in particular, may experience. Below is a list of some of the most common types of these throwing injuries.
A throwing injury can be caused or triggered by:
Your throwing injury symptoms will vary, depending on the type of elbow or shoulder injury that you have. Common symptoms can include:
Depending on the severity of your injury, your treatment may begin with the following nonsurgical treatments:
If these nonsurgical methods do not relieve your pain, your doctor may recommend surgery. Most throwing injuries can be treated with arthroscopic shoulder surgery, which is a minimally invasive procedure. For some, though, open surgery may be required.
Your physician will inform you of the best procedure for your needs. After surgery, physical therapy is often recommended to help you regain the strength and mobility of your throwing shoulder.
There are some things you can do to help avoid throwing injuries from occurring. You can sometimes prevent these injuries by:
If you are experiencing pain or discomfort in your shoulder or elbow, do not hesitate to seek medical treatment. Contact our team of professionals at OrthoNeuro today to schedule an appointment! We have multiple offices located throughout Columbus, Ohio for your convenience.
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