thrower's elbow

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A term given to a number of conditions of the elbow associated with round arm throwing. Thrower's elbow includes damage to the ligaments, typically the medial ligaments, and the olecranon process which may suffer a stress fracture or an osteochondritis. Thrower's elbow is caused by putting too great a load on the elbow (for example, in forceful straightening of the elbow when serving in tennis or throwing a ball). It often requires correction of faulty technique, as well as treatment of the damaged tissue. See also golfer's elbow.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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