Little League Shoulder (LLS) is a common overuse injury to the growth plate of the proximal humerus in the pediatric population. Youth baseball pitchers are the most commonly affected. Pain with throwing is the most common chief complaint. Physical exam and Radiographs are often diagnostic, but sometimes an MRI is needed. Treatment mainly consists of rest, ice, antiinflammatories and review of proper mechanics with a gradual return to throwing program. Average time to return to sport is 4 months, but approximately 25% will return at a different position.
Tearing your Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) can be a devistating injury. There are several treatment options available. Both non-operative and operative treatment options should be explored. A select few may be able to cope and can function well with a ACL deficient knee. Others may require surgical intervention to repair, augment or reconstruct their ACL.
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