Common injury reduced with stretching, lower pitch counts
Friday, April 2, 2021

by Liz Bonis WKRC - Friday, April 2nd 2021

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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - One of the most common injuries seen this time of year is baseball elbow in younger people. But there is a way to help those with serious injuries get back in the game and, better yet, prevent it altogether.

He's back in the game now but shortly before the pandemic year began Stephen Verst was pitching in a high school baseball game and threw a curveball. That's when he said it felt like his arm "went into two."It actually did go into two.

Dr. Michael Greiwe, of OrthoCincy Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, showed that on images.

It's a common injury that often starts, Dr. Greiwe says, with little league, or baseball elbow, in young players. The growth plate gets pulled on and when players suffer the injury they start having pain.

As that pain starts, you can intervene with the help of a few simple moves. "Really stretching, strengthening and keeping pitch counts low are the primary things that you can work on to prevent or even treat that early injury," said Dr. Greiwe.Dr. Greiwe also says one other way to manage this is not to try and play baseball all year, rather pick up a different sport that rests the elbow more in the offseason,