I know I’ve mentioned this in my log over the past couple months but thought I’d start a new thread:
I’m a 17 year old high school lefty pitcher. I’m taking baseball pretty seriously and trained very hard this offseason, as I’m looking to play collegiately. Made All-Conference for Varsity last year as a sophomore so this year is the one big year to stand out and impress colleges.
Anyway, 9 weeks ago I felt amazing. I had gained 5 mph on my fastball and was set to be the top pitcher in the league. Then, trying to make a slight change to my mechanics, I began to notice a little twinge in my lower back on the right side (I’m a lefty) after every pitch. I paid little attention to it - i was still throwing hard and my arm felt great…it wasn’t my arm so there wasn’t anything to worry about, right?
The change I made involved turning my back a little more to home plate as i lifted my leg, and a more violent snapping open of the hips into footplant. I had no pain prior to this change, and it hurt only after performing this motion for the first few times. 5 days later, I had thrown 4 more times. After the bullpen it felt so tight that i had trouble walking the next day (and week).
I iced for the first 3 days, and my trainer gave me heat for that first week. Moderate relief.
Then i saw the doctor who took an X-Ray which came back negative. He said everything was ok and that it was a simple muscle spasm. He gave me a muscle relaxant, told me to stretch and do heat + e-stim and that I would be fine in a week.
Fastforward 4 weeks or so. E-stim + heat every day with my trainer, + started very light core strengthening program for 2 of those weeks. No noticeable improvements after this time. He gave me stretches to do. Flexing forward is pain-free, but ARCHING (especially while also twisting to the right) my back produces pain. It’s kind of a tight aching pain and only occurs when I twist funny or arch my back.
So far rest has not diminished my symptoms. Some stretches (like the McKenzie arching exercises) made it worse, but nothing has really helped the problem too much.
Anyway to sum up:
Chronic low right back pain: 8 -9 weeks and counting
Hurts to go into extension
Pain is off to the side, there is no tenderness to touch
furthermore, I recently had a bone scan and the doctor’s assistant said that she couldn’t see anything from it. I will find out for sure what the bone scan showed in a few days, but I’m assuming that the bone scan came back negative.
Right now I’m researching and Prolotherapy looks like my best bet as it’s simple and used to treat a ton of different conditions.
Has anybody here had similar problems?
I would think if it was a stress fracture it would show up on the x-ray…