Emergency and Throwing Injuries

Shoulder injuries commonly occur as an overuse problem during throwing sports such as baseball and swimming or as a direct impact injury during a fall in collision sports such as rugby.

  • During these matches, acute first aid treatment is usually performed by onsite physiotherapists or by a nearby hospital emergency department or a GP.
  • Injuries are usually splinted using a sling and it is important to reduce swelling with ice and elevation where possible.
  • Once imaging has been performed definitive treatment can be decided on the sooner the better. The treatment may be non-surgical or surgical.

SLAP lesions are common in overhead throwing athletes and are difficult to diagnose. If you have symptoms with throwing and all previous tests are normal you may require an MR Arthrogram to diagnose the problem.