The importance of the shoulder in baseball performance cannot be stressed enough. Poor pitching mechanics can cause the shoulder to suffer more severe injuries. It is the most common problem that plagues pitchers. In layman’s terms, a pitcher’s elbow is a painful condition that develops near the inside of an elbow that interferes with their ability to pitch. It is characterized by pain in the elbow that worsens with throwing or when gripping and turning the ball.
How does the Pitcher’s Elbow occur?
It is a reaction felt by the elbow joint when overloaded with stress. The stress can occur from the overuse of the elbow joint or the sudden use of the joint when it is not adequately warmed up. A majority of the time, a pitcher’s elbow is caused by the throwing motion, which can lead to a rupture of the flexor-pronator muscle or the irritation of the ulnar nerve.
Pain relief tips for Pitcher’s Elbow.
The first step in the process of pain relief pitcher’s elbow is to rest it. Resting the flexor-pronator muscle and the ulnar nerve will allow the body to heal itself from the damage that has been caused due to the injury.
Another way to relieve the pain of the elbow is to use ice. The ice will help reduce the pain, swelling, and inflammation in the elbow caused by the injury. The ice can be applied directly to the elbow or put in a towel and applied over the wrist and elbow as needed.
3. Anti-inflammatory medication
Anti-inflammatory medication is commonly used to treat elbow pain. This medication is an over-the-counter pain reliever that can be bought without a prescription from your local pharmacy.
Stretching out the elbow is a great way to reduce the pain, inflammation, and swelling. This can be done using a rubber band or stretching the arm out using a towel.
How chiropractors treat Pitcher’s Elbow.
1. Chiropractic Adjustment
During an adjustment, the chiropractor will apply a quick twisting movement to the elbow to remove the pinching pressure on the elbow and relax the muscles that are causing pain. This is done by manually moving the joint.
2. Soft Tissue Therapy
A technique that is used to loosen and lengthen tight muscles is also a way to treat pitcher’s elbow. Soft tissue therapies like ART can be done by using a handheld instrument or through a gentle massage.
Splinting is the most common treatment for the elbow. It is a soft, lightweight, adjustable device worn to allow the elbow to rest and heal.
A pitcher’s elbow is a common injury in baseball and other sports. The symptoms and severity vary with each athlete, and to treat pitcher’s elbow depends on the condition’s level of pain and severity. Give us a call at 415-521-3073 if you are experiencing any elbow pain and let our experts help! Book an appointment today!