AAOS Now, July 2017
Abnormal Elbow Findings Identified in Little League Throwers
A study of Little League baseball players before and after a season of play found that arm pain and MRI abnormalities of the medial elbow were common even in players who complied with the Little League throwing guidelines, especially those who played year round. Study data also support the conclusion that pain and injury are more closely related to the cumulative number of throws and not necessarily the number of pitches in a given game.
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
Although many patients may benefit from opioid medications, abuse of prescription opioids is a serious problem responsible for nearly 50 deaths a day and thousands of emergency department visits a year. For example, the number of emergencies related to nonmedical use of opioids increased 183 percent between 2004 and 2011. In response, state governments passed nearly 60 laws in 2015 aimed at curbing the opioid epidemic.