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Orthopedics- Shoulder / Elbow Injury
The relationship between hip and shoulder mobility and injuries at the shoulder and elbow in overhead athletes (Orthopedics- Shoulder/Elbow Injury)
Findings suggest that decreased movement of the throwing shoulder and both hips may contribute to a breakdown in the body and greater potential for injury at the shoulder and elbow. Thus, measurement of movement in the shoulder and hips in the early stages of shoulder and elbow pain in overhead athletes may help to identify those who are at risk for future injury.
Patients will be considered for study participation if they are an overhead athlete (baseball, softball, football, volleyball, javelin, and tennis) between the ages of 8 and 40, have complaints of shoulder and/or elbow pain that has limited and/or restricted participation in their respective sport but is being treated conservatively and are attempting to return to their sport at a competitive level.
Patients will be excluded from the study for the following reasons: full thickness chondral defect of 1cm2 or greater, previous UCL reconstruction that has failed, previous shoulder surgery for labral or rotator cuff involvement, and if the patient does not plan to return to his/her sport following treatment.