A throwing injury refers to any injury that occurs while throwing an object, such as a ball, frisbee, or javelin. These injuries can range from minor strains and sprains to more serious injuries such as fractures, dislocations, and tears in the tendons or ligaments.
Common throwing injuries include:
Rotator cuff injury: This is a common injury among athletes who throw overhead, such as baseball pitchers. It occurs when the tendons and muscles around the shoulder joint become inflamed or torn.
Tennis elbow: This is an overuse injury that causes pain and inflammation in the elbow joint. It is common among tennis players and other athletes who use repetitive arm motions.
Golfer's elbow: Similar to tennis elbow, this is an overuse injury that causes pain and inflammation in the elbow joint. It is common among golfers and other athletes who use repetitive arm motions.
UCL injury: This is an injury to the ulnar collateral ligament, which is located in the elbow. It is common among baseball pitchers and other athletes who use repetitive throwing motions.
To diagnose the issue, a professional will perform a range of motion and neurological tests, followed by muscle testing to assess the stability and strength of the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers. Once a clear diagnosis is made, a customized treatment plan is developed.
This plan may include chiropractic to loosen up restricted joints, physical therapy to stabilize and strengthen the shoulder, and manual therapy to release tight structures. The goal is to get the athlete back to throwing pain-free as soon as possible.
If you're experiencing shoulder pain from throwing, it's essential to seek professional help to avoid further injury. With a comprehensive treatment plan, you can get back to your sport and perform at your best. Don't wait to get the help you need, give us a call today!