A flexor pronator strain is a fairly uncommon elbow injury, but it is very common for pitchers and other throwing athletes. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I discuss what the injury is, some treatments that can help you heal, and when you can possibly return to pitching.

Hanna asks:
Hey Doc, if a pitcher has this injury any idea on a timetable for recovery?

A flexor pronator strain is an injury to the muscles and tendons of your forearm on the medial side, or side closest to the midline of your body, of your elbow. These are the muscles that attach to the bony prominence you might think of as your funny bone.

You typically suffer a flexor pronator strain as an overuse injury, basically from too much pitching. You can suffer a traumatic injury, though, that injures the tendons that attach to this bone.

A flexor pronator strain is a common injury among baseball pitchers.

This injury rarely requires surgery unless the injury is so severe that the tendon is torn off the bone. Most injuries are just strains, or stretches, of the tendon. As such, often rest from pitching and ice can often be sufficient to cause healing. As I discuss in this video, physical therapy can often speed that recovery and help the athlete return to the mound. Despite this injury usually not requiring surgery, it can still take the athlete six weeks or more to heal to the point that he can pitch pain free.

Also read:
Flexor pronator strain: Signs, symptoms and treatment of this elbow injury
Elbow injury: Common injuries suffered by young baseball pitchers

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