Little league shoulder most commonly affects baseball pitchers between the ages of 11 and 16. Because these athletes use their arm so often, they can put stress on the humerus (the upper arm bone). This stress can cause the growth plate (a weaker area of the bone where growth occurs) to widen.
Without treatment, continued use can damage the bone. In severe cases, the growth plate can close, meaning the arm will stop growing altogether.
Your child may have little league shoulder if they repeatedly throw overhand and experience pain and swelling in their shoulder.
Your doctor will ask questions about your child’s activities and their pain. The doctor may also examine your child’s arm and have them complete certain movements.
Your child’s doctor may order an X-ray to rule out bone fractures or other injuries.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRIs can reveal damage to both bones and tendons. It can be useful in ruling out other shoulder problems.
Your child’s doctor may prescribe pain medicines to help reduce pain and inflammation.
Your child can use ice or cold packs on their shoulder to help reduce pain and swelling.
Your child will need to give their arm plenty of time to rest and heal. They may need to take four to eight weeks off of activity.
A physical therapist can help your child perform exercises to relieve pain, strengthen their arm, and prevent future problems. They can also improve your child’s throwing technique and help them slowly and safely return to play.
Why Choose the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute?
Home to a sports medicine certified pediatrician. The University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute is home to a sports medicine certified pediatrician, who completed specialized fellowship training to help athletes under the age of 18. You can rely on our expertise to help your young athlete recover, rebuild strength, and get back in the game.
Multidisciplinary support designed just for young athletes. We focus on caring just for children and teens, helping them avoid injuries and return to sports as quickly as possible. Each member of your child’s care team has years of experience and expertise caring for children and adolescents. From physical therapists and pediatric dietitians, to pediatric radiologists and orthopedic surgeons, you can trust that your child will receive treatment designed for their growing body.
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