Question:

My son (almost 11 years old) is having a case of little league elbow. It only hurts when he throws. We are resting and icing. He also swims on a recreational summer swim team. Would continuing to swim every day be good or bad for his rehab?

Should I have him rest from swimming as well?

– Nicole


Answer:

Hi Nicole,
Without doing a full examination it is hard to give specific exercise advice for your son. There are many factors that can contribute to exacerbation of his symptoms. With little league elbow repetitive stresses with poor mechanics could make his condition worse. We recommend that you be seen by a trained physical therapist or contact his primary care doctor.

A PT can help identify exactly what the injured tissues are and how we can further treat them. They can look at your son’s neck, shoulder and elbow to assess if the movements he is doing are going to be potentially harmful to his recovery. They can also structure an exercise program and even a pitch count limit, if necessary, in order to safely return him to throwing as soon as possible. In the meantime it is advisable to continue resting and icing daily. Icing sessions should include a barrier between the skin and ice (like a pillow case or thin towel) and should not exceed 20 min at a time. In order to schedule an appointment with an Orthopedic Physical Therapist in your area you can visit the website for the American Physical Therapy Association or our clinic website .


**This reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.