As with many orthopedic injuries, repetitive motion like throwing can create an excessive stress on shoulder and elbow tendons and ligaments. Repeated stress can also tear the ligament and tendon away from the bone and can even pull off tiny bone fragments. In the case of children, it can affect normal bone growth if this condition is left untreated.
Reduced range of motion with the elbow
Tendency for the joint to lock
The most common treatments include resting and icing the affected area to reduce swelling. NSAIDs such as ibuprofen may be helpful to ease pain and inflammation. Physicians may also recommend physical therapy. In some cases, surgery may be needed to repair rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder or ligaments on the inside of the elbow to restore proper function and throwing mechanics and reduce pain.