Son hurt his shoulder April 22 pitching at a Perfect Game tournament ( throwing 81-83mph). Took him to Campbells Clinic here in Memphis. He was diagnosed with LLS as well as a winging scapula.. Shut him down from any kind of throwing, and started physical therapy..Did PT for 6 wks and had no shoulder pain at the conclusion, scapula was back to normal and ROM was back to normal. He was scheduled for another 2 weeks of PT with a throwing specialist. After completion, he given home exercises as well as a progressive 30 day throwing program. Which was completed at the end of July 1st of August. Had HS baseball tryouts on August 13. The pitching portion of the tryout was up 1st for him ( he wasnt sure how it would go since he had not pitched since April) He threw the first pitch 68 mph, the 2nd 75 mph, the 3rd pitch 80mph, after the 3rd pitch, he said his shoulder hurt again..Went back to CC and Dr. said shoulder was inflammed again so shut back down. Shoulder still aching after a week now. HS coach called last night and said he couldnt put him on the team until he could see him throw again, but had to be before Jan 1 due to having to change classes for baseball.
Trying to see where to go from here, was told at initial diagnosis that around 3-4 months is how long he would be down. Now after 4 months, only threw 3 pitches and reaggravated it. Dr. said it shouldnt take another 4 months to heal and go through the same thing..Any advice would be appreciated
Sounds a lot like our situation. Almost exactly except my son is 13. You're probably going to be told to stay down until it doesn't hurt. Haven't heard of much in the way of proactively healing this injury. You may need to take a long look at his mechanics with a trusted pitching coach. Easier said than done to find one. GL
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Aug 25, 2016 16:18:53 GMT -6
omdad07, For the long-term health (and success) of your son, you may need to be patient even if this messes up the short-term opportunities. Serious shoulder injuries in pitching are a bad thing - much trickier than serious elbow injuries. You and your son will need to work with your MD and PT. For a 17-year-old, such a situation can seem devastating, which is an opportunity for a parent to instill patience that comes with maturity. In addition, if you believe a second opinion is in order, then click on my name and tell me who your CC doc was, and I can let you know whom to see next.
Post by baseballdad18 on Sept 22, 2016 17:08:12 GMT -6
Was your son throwing off a mound by the end of the return to throwing program or the two weeks between the end of the return to throwing and the tryout in mid August? In other words, had he built up to throwing 80 miles an hour off a mound? The other question I would have was whether he was sufficiently warmed up during the tryout. Its a bit unusual for there to be a 12 mph difference between the first and third pitches.
I can't help with diagnosis but can help with treatment. Going through PT and training is going to be hard on him but will progressively improve. The shoulder has such a wide range of motion it is very easy to re-aggravate it. He needs to keep inflammation down and keep optimal circulation through the shoulder. Look in the King Brand wraps. They are used by anyone from little league player to professionals to the average joe of any age with a shoulder injury. If he keeps up with his PT exercises and incorporates the King Brand wraps, it may help prevent against re-injury. Worth a look as they have helped many. King Brand - Shoulder Treatment
Last Edit: Sept 25, 2016 20:39:51 GMT -6 by devley
Sorry but i haven't heard anything about what kind of warm up routine he uses. But surely he did something before the 3 mentioned pitches. Also i haven't heard anything about anyone checking his mechanics at all. I would be very suspicious and want to hear of any previous mention of pain in the shoulder. monty68