Clinical Evaluation – Elbow
Summit specialists take a comprehensive approach to their clinical examinations. Some of the most important factors are a patient’s history and the physical exam. The specialist will ask you about your symptoms. What are they? How long have they been going on? Is the condition related to an injury? What makes it feel better or worse? Then, he or she will examine the affected area of the body to see how it moves and where it hurts. If it’s the patient’s first visit, often we will get an X-ray to see the anatomy of the bones. An MRI is also sometimes used to provide a more detailed look at the tissues and structures beyond what can be seen in an X-Ray.
Young baseball pitchers and other players who throw a high volume of balls are vulnerable to this painful overuse injury affecting the elbow joint. We have the tips you need to make sure your baseball athlete is playing safely.
As sports grow in popularity and more young athletes focus on a single sport, we are seeing an increase in overuse injuries like Little Leaguer’s elbow. We explain the treatment options for this painful condition.
Our summer season heralds the start of sunny afternoons filled with baseball on backlots and school fields. At Summit, it also marks an increase in the number of young patients complaining of elbow pain. We explain how too much throwing can cause the overuse elbow problem known as Little Leaguer’s elbow.