My 16U son developed shoulder pain this summer, was not too intense and he continued to play through it. Took several weeks off in the fall, but pain persisted after rest. Pursued diagnosis, starting w/family Dr., then X-Ray, and finally MRI. Diagnosis now suggests SLAP tear of unknown degree. Son just completed 6 weeks of PT, focused on strengthening the shoulder and we just had our follow up w/Ortho Dr. two days ago. The pain has not improved. Ortho Dr. is now suggesting a 4 week progressive throwing program to see if he can work through the "discomfort"? My son assures me the pain is intolerable and he cannot work through it in hopes of playing this year. I turned to HSBaseballWeb, which in turn pointed me here for options. On the HSBBWeb forums, the consensus for shoulder and specifically SLAP tears is Dr. Andrews and staff in FL. We are unfortunately in the Indianapolis area, and don't have the resources to pursue treatment at his clinic. I am hoping someone might be able to steer us to a practice that utilizes Dr. Andrews protocols in proximity to Indy? Any other advice, guidance is appreciated.
We pushed to have an arthrogram done, which is scheduled for Dec. 27th, w/the hopes of being able to establish the severity of the injury. We also have an appt. for a second opinion with Methodist Sports Medicine on Dec. 29th.
Post by Glenn Fleisig, Ph.D. on Dec 18, 2017 14:42:50 GMT -6
I'm sorry to hear about your son's injury. Shoulder injuries can be complicated. Since Dr. Andrews centers in Birmingham, AL, and Florida are so far away, I would recommend you see Gregory Fox, MD, in Bloomington, IN. Dr. Fox trained under Dr. Andrews and is an expert with throwing shoulder injuries. Feel free to tell Dr. Fox that I recommended him for you.