Most treatment for injuries involving the throwing shoulder and elbow are nonoperative. When this fails, surgery may be indicated.
Nonoperative treatment is usually prescribed if the injury is:
- A direct result of overuse.
- The result of a sudden (acute) injury that does not have severe damage in the shoulder or elbow.
In most cases, injuries to the throwing shoulder and elbow will respond to ice, rest, a program of rehabilitation exercises, splints, and pain medication.
This type of injury usually requires approximately six to twelve months to heal completely.