Throwing Injuries in Miami, FL
The Advanced Neuro and Spine Institute specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of orthopedic conditions and diseases such as throwing injuries. Our team of experts delivers the latest advances in personalized, comprehensive care to patients in our conveniently located clinics in Aventura, Kendall, Hialeah, and Fort Lauderdale.
What are Throwing Injuries?
Throwing injuries typically affect athletes, who perform repetitive throwing motions, such as baseball pitchers. These injuries may involve the shoulder, elbow, and forearm.
What are the Causes and Symptoms of Throwing Injuries?
Two common shoulder problems are injuries to the rotator cuff, and injuries that cause shoulder instability. The rotator cuff is composed of four large muscles, extending from the shoulder blade to cover the shoulder joint. These muscles provide shoulder strength and assist in holding the shoulder joint in position. Repetitive stress from a frequent throwing motion can irritate the rotator cuff, and/or its surrounding bursa, which is a jelly-like sac that cushions and protects the joint. The act of repetitive throwing, especially if the cuff muscles are weak or tired, or if the shoulder has instability, may result in the pinching of the bursa and rotator cuff, leading to pain and inflammation.
Another common throwing injury of the shoulder involves the labrum or rubbery cartilage located in the shoulder. The force required in repetitive throwing stresses the shoulder, leading to the damage of the labrum if it tears away from the socket. These tears may cause popping, clicking, pain, and a “wobbly” feeling of looseness, or instability in the shoulder.
Most common throwing injuries of the elbow are caused by incorrect throwing mechanics, and healing generally responds to rest, icing, and a revision and/or improvement of the throwing mechanics, to relieve stress on the elbow.
How are Throwing Injuries Treated?
Treatment for shoulder injuries generally respond to rest, icing, improved throwing mechanics, and physical therapy in the form of rehabilitation exercises. In some cases, if non-invasive treatments fail, surgery may be prescribed to remove the inflamed bursa and create more room for the rotator cuff tendons.
In the case of both shoulder and elbow injuries, physical therapy, focused on specific exercises to strengthen the muscles of the shoulder, elbow, or forearm, may also be recommended, along with such other therapies as ultrasound, ice packs, massage, or muscle-stimulating techniques to improve muscle healing.
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