Little League Elbow Overview
Another name for Little League Elbow is Medial Epicondylitis.
What is medial epicondylitis?
A person with medial epicondylitis has inflammation of the medial epicondyle. The medial epicondyle is part of the humerus bone, near the elbow. Tendons attach the muscles of the forearm to the medial epicondyle. Strenuous use of the forearm muscles can cause inflammation of the bone where the tendons attach to the medial epicondyle. Most cases of medial epicondylitis resolve over 4-6 weeks with treatment and rest.
What are the symptoms of medial epicondylitis?
Symptoms of medial epicondylitis include elbow pain and tenderness that is located along the inner aspect of the elbow joint. Pain usually worsens with flexing the wrist and grasping with the hand. Some may have numbness in the hand.
How does the doctor treat medial epicondylitis?
The treatment for medial epicondylitis may include rest, cold compresses, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Other measures include elbow splinting, corticosteroids, physical therapy, and stretching exercises.
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