Little League Shoulder

Little League Shoulder

What is Little League Shoulder?

Little League Shoulder is an overuse injury caused by stress to the arm bone (humerus) nearest to the shoulder. This stress causes widening of the growth plate, resulting in swelling and pain at the shoulder.  It most commonly occurs in youth overhand pitchers between ages 11 and 16.

Signs and Symptoms

Common symptoms of little league shoulder include, repeated overhead throwing without proper rest, pitching and throwing with improper mechanics and lack of muscle strength.

Treatment Options

Common treatment options for little league shoulder include, rest, ice, physical therapy, pitch analysis and a return-to-throwing program.

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