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Throwing Injuries


When subjected to repeated, overhead throwing motion, the shoulder may become stressed. That’s why athletes, especially pitchers, are most prone to this orthopedic condition. Find out what the symptoms and treatment options are for various types of throwing injuries.

Causes & Triggers

  • Repetitive motion
  • Overuse (especially from athletic sports)

Signs & Symptoms

  • Compromised ability to throw
  • Inflammation
  • Numbness
  • Pain (especially during or after throwing)
  • Tingling

Tips & Treatment

  • There are several types of throwing injuries, reach requiring its own diagnosis and treatment from a well-qualified orthopedic physician, such as biceps tendon tears, bursitis and labral tears.
  • Throwing injuries are often treated with a regimen of rest, anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections, bracing, rehabilitation, and/or retraining or the throwing style or position.
  • It can take 6 to 12 months for complete healing and recovery.
  • Surgery may be required if there are rotator cuff or others tears, or if pain continues despite treatment.

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