Little League Elbow

Little League elbow is a broad term that generally refers to an injury to the elbow’s tendons, ligaments and/or bones in a young, throwing athlete. Most of the time, the injury is due to overuse, but it can also be caused by a single, painful injury. Other conditions that are sometimes grouped with little league elbow are:

  • medial epicondylitis (also known as medial epicondylar apophysitis)
  • medial epicondyle fracture
  • medial collateral ligament injury.

Treatment for Little League elbow at Boston Children's HospitalYoung athletes who play sports like baseball that require a lot of overhand throwing are more prone to getting it, and it’s usually caused by overuse or poor throwing technique. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of Little League elbow.

Your child should not be playing through elbow pain, especially if he plays on multiple teams. In most cases, Little League elbow treatment does not require surgery, but in some cases a child may have a fracture to a part of the elbow, and he/she may need surgery.

How Boston Children’s Hospital approaches Little League elbow

At Boston Children’s Hospital, our doctors specialize not only in orthopedic care, but in pediatric orthopedic care. Our clinical experts lead the country in research and care, and have the pediatric orthopedic expertise to treat the unique needs of children and young adults' musculoskeletal systems.

You can have peace of mind knowing that the skilled experts in our Hand and Orthopedic Upper Extremity Program have treated thousands of babies and children with many arm conditions. We provide expert diagnosis, treatment and care, and we benefit from our advanced clinical and scientific research.

Each year, our orthopedic team attends to more than 100,000 patient visits and performs over 6,000 surgeries. While assessing Little League elbow, our doctors search for signs that change with age and maturity level and deliver the most precise diagnosis possible so children can get back to their lives.