Been a while since I posted here. Some of you might remember me.
So, I have a kid who developed into somewhat of a pitcher. Pretty good for the 9-13 age group. Above average velo, so-so control, but great off speed stuff. Always watched pitch count, did the “right thing”.
Last year about May/June his back started to hurt a little, played on while keeping an eye on it. Now, four doctors (three spine specialist), and one chiropractor later his pitching days are over. He broke two bones in his back at the L5 called the Pars Interarticularis (Pars Defect). We will never know, but not getting it treated right away most likely allowed it to become Spondylolisthesis. And I was worried about LL elbow.
He was in a brace for three months, and while it will never heal the chrio says he should be fine with conditions (like no pitching). He’s been hitting/fielding and playing basketball for about a month now with no issues. Also, he’s a grade 1, Andre Agassi won a few majors and had a great tennis career with a grade 2, so all is not lost.
One other kid on his team had the same problem, and the chiro says he’s seeing it more and more, so a little heads up to all you dad’s with a pitcher. And, the doctors were worthless, saying just play and good luck. The chiropractor is the only one who helped.