Let me give you some background:
I am a pitcher in my senior year of high school. I am going to pitch at a college next year. I separated my shoulder and sprained my AC Joint about two years ago playing football. Before my junior year I had some complications in my shoulder and went to the doc. The doc did some basic test but no MRI and said that he thought it was a torn labrum. He talked about surgery that included me missing over a year and I said I would try to rehab through it. I pitched that entire year without any pain or soreness. I also had little league shoulder when I was 11 and had to sit out a year if that means anything.
Now we are to senior year. I felt great in the preseason and felt great making a start and relief appearance the first week. But after a cold tournament were I pitched and caught a few games my shoulder was in some pain. I sat out for two weeks trying to see if it would get better but it did not. I went to the doctor again to get a cortisone shot. He still thought it was a torn labrum based on passed history. The shot seemed to be work wonders and I pitched pain free for about a month. My past few outings I have been experience lots of soreness between starts. I can only throw to about 180 feet without pain but when it comes down to the day I pitch I usually feel fine. The bullpen a few days before I pitch usually causes there to be a some pain in the front or top of my shoulder usually when throwing a curveball or a hard fastball. Last outing my coach said my velocity was up and my curveball was the best it’s been. I have been having the best pitching year of my life but I am still dealing with this nagging pain at the top and front of my shoulder. On some pitches I can feel the pain but it’s low level.
I plan on taking this summer off from summer ball. I can not decide if I want to go get an MRI right after the season is over or take a month off and start a throwing program and see how that goes. Could it be a torn labrum even though I’ve been able to pitch well and without a velocity drop? Could it be tendinitis that has lasted this long? Should I go to the doctor right after the season or wait and see after a month of rest?
Thanks for your help.