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Guidelines to Avoiding Pitcher's Arm in Youth Athletes

Posted by Midwest Orthopedic Clinic on June 18, 2019

Playing sports in middle school or high school can have so many positive benefits. There’s the physical benefits of being an athlete, but then there are all of the character-building values that come with being on a team: boosting self-esteem, learning how to be a team player, handling losses while being a good sport, the value of hard work and discipline, and more.

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Topics: Shoulder, Sports, Elbow

How to Spot Signs and Symptoms of Pitching Injuries

Posted by Midwest Orthopedic Clinic on June 3, 2019

Of all the players on a baseball field, pitchers tend to be more susceptible to upper body injuries. The immense pressure of the repetitive throwing motion can wreak havoc on their elbows and shoulders. And as competition increases it’s no surprise that pitching injuries are on the rise—as pitchers are throwing harder, faster, and younger than ever before.

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Topics: Shoulder, Sports, Elbow

How to Prevent and Treat Pitching Injuries

Posted by Midwest Orthopedic Clinic on May 28, 2019

At the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and a full count, all eyes are on the pitcher. Will they make a winning pitch? If they’ve been overusing their pitching arm, not getting enough rest, or using a radar gun, they may not be able to perform at the top of their game. Pitching injuries are on the rise in young athletes, and the best treatment for shoulder and elbow injuries is prevention.

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Topics: Shoulder, Sports, Elbow

What's the Secret to Arthritis Pain Management?

Posted by Midwest Orthopaedic Consultants on December 3, 2018

If you're wondering how to treat arthritis pain, you've probably been kept awake at night due or prevented from doing daily activities or beloved hobbies.

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Topics: Shoulder, Knee, Hip, Joint Pain, Ankles, Finger, Arthritis

Common Volleyball Injuries: How to Prevent and Treat Them

Posted by Todd Mensik on September 21, 2017

Given the nature of the game, the most common volleyball injuries likely aren’t hard to guess: shoulder overuse, finger fractures and sprained ankles.

Injuries aren’t inevitable, and knowing how to prevent the new and treat the old can go a long way toward keeping young athletes off the bench and in the game.

Here's a brief overview of common volleyball injuries, as well as how to prevent and treat them.

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Topics: Shoulder, Sports, Ankles, Ankle Injuries, Finger

Common Baseball Injuries: How to Prevent and Treat Them

Posted by Todd Mensik on July 31, 2017

Baseball is America’s pastime, but it's also the cause of a rising number of elbow and shoulder injuries in children and youths. Each year, thousands of kids seek medical attention for pain incurred on the baseball diamond. If your child participates in this popular summertime sport, you want to know how to keep them safe.

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Topics: Shoulder, Sports, Elbow

Shoulder Impingement: Can Acromioplasty Help Your Shoulder Pain?

Posted by James P. Leonard, MD on November 17, 2016

Shoulder pain is a common complaint shared by people of all ages and activity levels. By far the most common diagnosis, shoulder impingement syndrome accounts for 44-65% of all shoulder complaints.

When the arm is raised to shoulder height and above, the space between the roof of the shoulder (acromion) and the upper arm bone (humeral head) narrows. This space contains the muscles of the shoulder (rotator cuff) and a sac of lubricating fluid (bursa). Shoulder impingement occurs when the rotator cuff and bursa get pinched between the two bones as the arm is raised, leading to irritation and pain.

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Topics: Shoulder