Shoulder Injuries Tip of the Week

Overhand throwing places extremely high stresses on the shoulder. In throwing athletes, these high stresses are repeated many times and can lead to a wide range of overuse injuries.
Although throwing injuries in the shoulder most commonly occur in baseball pitchers, they can be seen in any athlete who participates in sports that require repetitive overhand motions, such as volleyball, tennis, and some track and field events
When athletes throw repeatedly at high speed, significant stresses are placed on the muscles and ligaments that stabilize the bones of the shoulder.
Common Injuries include tendinitis, labrum tears, tendon tears, impingement and instability.
The initial treatment for a throwing injury is usually nonsurgical, including
• Activity modification, ice, anti-inflammatory medications,physical therapy, cortisone injections.

Sometime surgery is required if these treatments fail. The importance of proper mechanics cannot be stressed enough. Done properly, high velocity throwing should not result in injury.

For more information, visit our website or call us for an appointment to see one of our orthopaedic specialists. Or better yet, listen to the Sports Doctors on Thursdays at 6 PM on Team 1010 KXPS

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