Sore vs. hurting?


#1

What is the difference between when your arm is sore or when your arm is hurting?


#2

Never having experienced either problem, I can only speculate. So here’s what I think. A sore arm is most likely a fatigued arm, caused by throwing too hard or too much—nothing that ice and rest can’t fix. Hurting is another story: a pitcher may have dislocated something, or twisted his elbow, or otherwise “thrown his arm out”; this is more serious and requires medical attention. As I said, I’m just speculating here—are you experiencing either of those problems?


#3

Yes I have been experiencing elbow pains. I have been going to the physio to help and it has helped a little but not much. I have limited my innings since my elbow started hurting. Even after I rest my elbow and ice it for a week it hurts the next time I pitch still so maybe is the problem that I do not throw enough on the side to strengthen my arm?


#4

Constant or recurring pain could be a sign of something more serious. I would consult a doctor.


#5

Does this mean I should stop throwing?


#6

You should stop throwing and get to a doctor—preferably a sports medicine specialist—as soon as possible. Get X-rays and maybe an MRI and see just what is going on. You need to take care of this ASAP; constant pain is not a laughing matter.


#7

I saw a doctor and he said that a physio will help it and it should heal quick. He said I just need to add flexibility. He also said that right now it isn’t a major problem but I need to get it fixed.


#8

I understand increasing flexibility but what was the diagnosis?
Did the doc recommend you keep throwing?


#9

The doc said that it was little leaguers elbow but he did not tell me to stop throwing. Just to see the physio.


#10

If I’m not mistaken little league elbow is basically tendonitis. Physio won’t hurt but if you’re not improving I would get a second opinion.
Normally with LL elbow ive seen guys are ordered physio and rest for periods up to six weeks. Perhaps in this case you should shut it down for a few weeks then when you do heal begin a daily throwing program.


#11

I will get a second opinion on my elbow to know what to do.


#12

Good idea. Your response tells me you’re hurting more than you might be letting on. Not uncommon in pitchers.
Second opinions are always a good idea IMO.


#13

Ya I agree with you Turn 22. I am one of the best pitchers on my team and I do not want to let them down because playoffs are soon.