So this past spring I had some shoulder/rotator issues that went away with rest and celebrex. I threw all this summer with no issues, I’m at a D3 college playing baseball and the pain has come back. I went to the Athletic Trainers office and they pinpointed it in the scapula, on my right shoulder which is where the pain has been starting then later on my rotator hurts. So Right now I am doing workouts with them to get my arm back to being healthy because the muscle have almost no movement in it, and I can barely lift anything using that muscle alone. I’ve got a limited mobility in my shoulder right now, and I threw a bullpen yesterday with no surprise that I’ve had a velocity decrease. I’m not trying right now to push myself when I throw, but how do I get the mobility/flexibility back into my arm? What sort of stretches can I do to get my arm back to normal, and how do I put the speed back on?
Way too specific of an injury/postural problem to get advice from a forum. I’d recommend going to a physical therapist who is knowledgeable about baseball-specific injuries.
Even better than a physical therapist would be an M.D. with experience in this sort of injury, or an orthopedic surgeon—get some X-rays and an MRI to determine just what’s going on.
My pitching coach of long ago—a guy named Ed Lopat who was a key member of the Yankees’ legendary Big Three rotation—told me a truly hair-raising story, back in 1952. The year before that he had pitched—and won—two games in the World Series against the Giants, but after that second game he suddenly couldn’t lift his arm. The weather may have been a factor; it had been cold and rainy all through that Series. In any event, he spent the first few months of the '52 season on the shelf, and it was bugging him because he wanted to pitch, was what he wanted to do, and when you can’t even lift your arm…And the doctors were unable to diagnose the injury. Then one day he remembered an orthopedic surgeon whom he had known in Chicago during his tenure with the White Sox.
Lopat flew out there. The doctor examined him and said, “Eddie, you have tendonitis in your left shoulder!” After chewing him out for not having taken care of the problem sooner, the doctor prescribed what was then a radical treatment, one which is not used any more for this purpose—a series of ten X-ray treatments. Radical, yes—but it worked, and when Lopat returned to New York he found he was pitching better than ever. From then until the end of the 1954 season he ran up a record of 33 wins, 8 defeats. (And he even rediscovered his fast ball!)
So don’t wait. Go see a specialist about your problem and get it taken care of. Then you can set about getting back to where you were—and going beyond it. 8)
Zita, that is a pretty scary story indeed! I’ve known of people with torn rotators, who after surgery, still could not move their arms for many months to follow.
Though this is an old post, I will let you all know what happened. I continued to work with the athletic trainers until late October. We started weight training on 13-Oct-10. After all this, my scapula was stabilized, my rotator has gained full ROM, and better yet, it does not hurt to throw! My throwing regimen currently is inconsistent, and I have only thrown off of a mound twice, but there is a lot more speed when I throw. The only thing I haven’t found is that tricky ole’ curve of mine. Just have a bad habit of not getting out front with it. I haven’t had any pain, just a little soreness in my elbow and rotator that lasts maybe a day.