SLAP Tears, Tendinitis & Throwing Injuries


What is a throwing injury?

Overhand throwing sports, like baseball, softball and football, can cause high stress on the shoulder, elbow, wrist, and arm. Over time, this can lead to certain injuries, including tendonitis, ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries, and SLAP tears, which stands for superior labral tear from anterior to posterior. Whether you have pain from a throwing injury or have recently undergone surgery due to a throwing injury and are in need of post-surgical rehabilitation, our team of doctors offer personalized treatment plans to help you recover from your injury.

Throwing injuries can affect any of the joints, muscles and tendons that are found in the arm, including the shoulder and elbow joints. The most common types of throwing injuries include:

  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Labral tears
  • SLAP tears
  • UCL tears
  • Tendonitis
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder instability

What causes a throwing injury?

When an athlete uses his or her arm to throw, especially at a very high speed, the arm is put under a significant amount of stress. The repeated motion of throwing overhead in the following sports can lead to a throwing injury over time:

  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Water polo
  • Cricket
  • Javelin throwing

What are the symptoms of a throwing injury?

Symptoms associated with a throwing injury will vary from patient to patient depending on the type and severity of the injury, along with other factors. The most common symptoms associated with a throwing injury include:

  • Elbow pain and/or shoulder pain
  • Dull, aching pain in the arm
  • Loss of range of motion in the arm
  • Clicking or locking in the elbow or shoulder
  • Pain that increases when throwing overhand
  • A “loose” feeling in the shoulder

Do I need PT for a throwing injury?

Many throwing injuries can heal with conservative treatments. Our team of uses a one-on-one approach that is hands-on and can help restore your shoulder or arm functionality as quickly and safely as possible. We value being able to provide you with close supervision, personal assistance, and the latest technology when it comes to treating a throwing injury. We can also support you following your recovery, teaching you ways to promote shoulder and elbow strength and prevent re-injury.

If you are suffering from a throwing injury, visit one of our locations. We are open six days a week and accept walk-ins so you can come in anytime. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can fill out the form on this page.

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