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Shoulder Pain and Baseball

Baseball is one of America’s favorite sports.  Baseball is also one of the roughest sports on the shoulders. 

The constant throwing, catching, reaching, and rolling involved in playing baseball brings many baseball players to my clinic with shoulder injuries.

Baseball shoulder problems increase in middle-age as things wear out making it harder for older baseball players to return to the field.

Rotator cuff tears, shoulder inflammation, and shoulder irritation are the most common shoulder problems caused by playing baseball.

Rotator cuff tears

Rotator cuff tears occur due to a combination of things.  The largest cause is wear. 

The fraying and thinning of the tendon evolves simply due to everyday activity. 

Whether the constant work of a farmer, the raking of the yard, or the overexertion of a baseball player, rotator cuff tears have become a common cause of shoulder injury.

When used for a long period of time the rotator cuff can develop impingement, or in other words it becomes pinched. 

The chances of shoulder impingement are greater in baseball than other sports, because the shoulder is used forcefully.  Here, the tendon rubs against the bone, often causing bleeding and shoulder inflammation. 

Activities that force you to move your arm above your head also activate the rotator cuff; things such as swimming, tennis, or even house painting causing it to fray. 

When done for overextended periods, the tendon becomes damaged and forms scar tissue. 

It will eventually heal, returning to healthy tissue, but the tendons become stiff, stringy, and more susceptible to injury.  

How to Return to Baseball After a Torn Rotator Cuff

Rest is the most important thing required for a baseball rotator cuff injury to heal.  I know it is hard, especially since we use our hands for everything, but rest will turn your life around. 

Ice also has the ability to take you away from the pain. Simply wrap it in a thin rag or put an ice pack on your shoulder. 

Leave it on for no longer than thirty minutes and try not to move around while you have it there. 

The ice has a powerful ability to both numb the area while increasing flexibility, but you can’t leave it on for an extended period because your arm will become dull and immobile. 

Instead, take it off and do your stretches, increasing your mobility and range of motion.

If you rest, do range of motion exercises, ice your arm and see no difference after 2-3 weeks, you may want to look into other options. 

In my opinion, the best alternative treatment available at this time is arthroscopic keyhole surgery. 

In arthroscopic shoulder surgery, miniscule cameras and a variety of instruments are used to perform surgery on the rotator cuff. 

This is minimally invasive, splitting less muscle layers than previous shoulder surgeries, and it allows your surgeon greater access to your symptoms. 

With a camera he comes face to face with your rotator cuff, relieving symptoms of tendinitis, shoulder impingement and bursitis, if necessary while you are under anesthesia.

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