A pitcher's elbow can result from trauma, as well as from repeated throwing with improper technique. Physical therapy can reduce the symptoms of pitcher's elbow through targeted advice and physical treatment.
The causes of pitcher's elbow can vary. There may be trauma, or an improper pattern during throwing. Often there is a strain or tear in the medial collateral ligament of the elbow. This ligament is a band that is located on the inside of the elbow and gives stability to the elbow which is important during e.g. throwing a ball but also during heavier activities such as housework.
With a pitcher's elbow, there is particularly pain on the inside of the elbow. The symptoms occur particularly during throwing during sports. In addition to pain, the elbow may also feel unstable.
Usually, elbow symptoms occur due to trauma or after throwing a ball for long periods of time. Physical therapy can ensure that your recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
The therapists at Fysiofitaal Tilburg can diagnose your throwing elbow. They do this based on an interview (history) and extensive physical examination. In addition to the general physical examination, the therapist performs a number of specific tests to determine whether a pitcher's elbow is actually present.
At Fysiofitaal Tilburg, a throwing elbow is treated with the goal of reducing pain and improving muscle strength in the elbow region. Therapy consists of providing personalized advice, exercise therapy and, where necessary, mobilizations or manual therapy. It is important that, in addition to visits to your therapist, you work on your own homework exercises.