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CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -- Limiting or at least modifying athletic routines is always necessary when treating overuse injuries of the shoulder and elbow in children and adolescents, Dr. Brian Grottkau said at a meeting on primary care pediatrics sponsored by Harvard Medical School.
If the activity isn't modified and the injury continues, he said, there is a higher likelihood of joint pain later in life.
Rest is especially important for patients suffering little league shoulder, a stress injury commonly seen in patients who pitch. This can be a difficult task when physicians must overcome pressure to maintain performance--pressure from parents, coaches, and the …