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What can cause my arm below my elbow to feel numb when I throw a lot?

If your arm below your elbow feels numb when you throw a lot, you most likely have a sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament due to the force that is created during throwing. Taking an anti-inflammatory drug and modifying your activity (meaning not throwing for a while) is the best treatment. It's also a good idea to see a physician for an X-ray to check for further damage. If you ignore these instructions and continue to perform at the same level, surgical reconstruction may be required.

(This answer provided for NATA by the Southern Utah University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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