Throwing Elbow Injuries (in Children)

Elbow Broken Bones & Injuries - Adelaide Orthopaedic Specialist

Medial apophysitis, also called ‘Little Leaguer’s Elbow’, is an injury occurring when repetitive throwing creates an excessively strong pull on the tendons and ligaments of the elbow, which can become severe enough to pull tendons away from the bone. The condition often affects young children who are involved in throwing sports, as they are often yet to develop correct throwing techniques.

Left untreated, throwing injuries to the elbow can become severe and complicated conditions. They can usually be managed conservatively through rest and refinement of the throwing techniques. Severe cases may require surgical intervention, particularly in older children.

Dr James McLean provides consultation and various treatments for throwing elbow injuries and a wide variety of other elbow conditions in his multiple practice locations in Adelaide and Darwin. With his extensive experience in treating upper limb conditions, he works with his patients to create tailored treatment plans which yield the best possible outcomes for their injuries. Click here for more information on other conditions involving the shoulder, hand, wrist, and elbow which Dr James McLean has a special interest in treating.

This page was adapted from orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases--conditions/biceps-tendon-tear-at-the-elbow: click the link to read more about the condition. To find out more about throwing injuries of the elbow in children or to book a consultation, contact Dr James McLean.

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