Swelling is a common problem after an injury, and if it develops
slowly, it usually does not indicate a serious problem. Swelling may limit the
range of motion in your elbow, or your elbow may feel tight or stiff when you
try to fully bend or straighten it. If range of motion or stiffness improves
with home treatment, a visit to a health professional is probably not
It's one of the darkest fears of pitchers, tennis players, and many other athletes: a rotator cuff tear. If it is severe, a rotator cuff tear can end a player's career. So what is it, exactly?
The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and muscles that converge around the top of the humerus, the upper arm bone above the elbow. Together, they form a ''cuff'' that both holds your arm in place and allows it to move in different directions. While your shoulder is one of your most mobile joints, it's...