Little League Elbow :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Little League Elbow (also known as Medial Epicondylitis)

What is little league elbow?

  • Little League Elbow is a painful inflammation of the bony bump on the inside of the elbow.
  • This spot is the attachment site where the tendons of the muscles that bend your wrist and fingers are located.

What causes little league elbow?

  • Occurs as a result of overuse to the muscles of the elbow and forearm.
  • Doing activities without enough rest and recovery.  Examples include:  throwing a ball too hard and too often, golfing, swimming, typing, texting, etc.

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain on the inside of the elbow that may extend along the forearm, especially with skills that require using the elbow, such as throwing. 
  • Swelling on the inside of the elbow that may extend along the forearm.
  • Weak or painful grip strength.

What can I do to feel better?

  • Rest. Do not do things that cause pain.
  • Ice for 15-20 minutes at a time will help decrease swelling and pain.

When should I see a medical professional?

  • If rest and ice are not improving the condition.
  • If you are uncertain about the severity of the condition.

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