My 16 year old daughter plays club volleyball. She has a shoulder injury that was diagnosed as bicep tendonitis (MRI showed no tears). She does daily PT exercises and sees the PT weekly. She also has had 5 Active Response Therapy (ART) which has really helped to alleviate the pain. Today she was told she won't be able to play another 1-2 months which means the rest of the club season. I'm wondering if she should just hang the sport up altogether. She had dreams of playing Div I or II in college since she is a 6'2" middle hitter. Is there really hope after someone gets a shoulder injury like this or will it just keep coming back? Thanks.
Tendonitis is not career ending. She is just swinging too much. Scouts don't get serious about them until the junior/senior year. Have her rest and heal. The sun will rise after the club season and you don't want to risk a bicep tear. She can condition/rehab over the summer and be watchful she doesn't swing too much and saves her bullets for club next year or rather her senior year where it really matters. Be smart and be patient. Good luck.
Post by Jonathan Reeser, M.D. on Apr 24, 2011 8:47:11 GMT -6
The first concern I would have is whether or not the diagnosis is correct. Just because the MRI is negative doesn't mean there is no tissue pathology. Was the MRI done with contrast? If she hasn't consistently responded to treatment, I would consider a second opinion. Make certain that whomever she sees is experienced in the care of the overhead athlete. If your daughter is determined to play volleyball, I wouldn't give up. That said, shoulder problems are notoriously difficult to treat/resolve. Think long term rather than short term. Best of luck!
Post by Darcie Yount on Apr 25, 2011 9:54:35 GMT -6
Tendinitis is an inflammation of the soft tissue connecting muscle to bone. If the clinical diagnosis is correct, then taking 1-2 months off will help the inflammation and she will be able to train again over the summer. Being a high school & club volleyball coach, I would advise her to keep playing definitely through high school & see how her shoulder feels her senior year.