This article is for every throwing athlete out there on how to prevent shoulder surgery. I am an athlete, who overcame a career ending rotator cuff tear in college, to play baseball again and make it to minor league ball as a pitcher. I was told, I would never pitch as hard as I did before the tear. Over six years later, I topped out at 94 mph my last season for the San Diego, Surf Dawgs. That was more than 8 mph from before surgery. It was a long road and I am here today, to teach you everything you need to know on how to prevent this from happening to you.
In this article, I will show you exactly what must be done for you to prevent shoulder surgery or rebuild your shoulders to reduce the current pain you are experience. If you are a pitcher currently experiencing a lot of pain then checkout the Fast Arm Recovery System here!
To Prevent Shoulder Surgery Starts with Learning the Shoulder
You must first learn the small muscles in the shoulder that make up the rotator cuff to prevent shoulder surgery. These muscle are your career. They are here to internally and externally rotate your arm which is the act of throwing a baseball. The most important information to remember about these muscles are that they can only handle around 5 pounds of pressure each. The deltoids and the larger muscles in the upper body take over if the pressure exceeds this amount. So this means, all we need is 3 to 5 pounds to strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. Anything more will prevent you from isolating them properly, for development.
The most important muscle of the rotator cuff, for throwers, is the supraspinatus. This muscle lives under the acromion tip of the clavicle. This is the end of the collar bone. This muscle takes a lot of abuse throwing as it helps decelerate the arm. This is because it is being impinged by the acrominon tip as your arm moves in front of body. If your scaps are protracted pushing your shoulder to far forward, when you externally rotate your arm back to throw, this can cause the supraspinatus to "pop" or "grind" under the acrominon. Over time, this can tear the muscle. To prevent this impingement, you must learn good throwing mechanics and how to build joint integrity. You can not do one without the other, to prevent an injury.
Signs and Remedies of Shoulder Problems to Prevent Shoulder Surgery
The first sign of poor joint integrity is posture. If you are someone who slouches over when sitting or standing, this could be a sign of poor shoulder joint integrity. Another sign is when the ball of the shoulder socket is protruding forward past the chest and the shoulder blade is sticking out like a wing. This means that the anterior muscles are stronger than the posterior muscles. This is the definition of poor joint integrity. This will lead to a shoulder injury.
Common pain that is a sign of an impingement is usually referred pain from the supraspinatous. Most of the pain from the cuff is referred pain. Referred pain means pain that originates in one part of the body, but is felt in another part of the body. If you feel pain on the outside of your arm, between the bicep and tricep muscles, just below the mid deltoid, then this is an impingement. Don't be alarmed, it isn't a tear. The supraspinatous is probably inflamed. This can be remedied with ice. You should only ice your arm for 10-15 minutes on and 10-15 minutes off. You can repeat the process but anymore than 10-15 minutes on, will actually start to heat the muscle. Always finish with ice. Never finish with heat. Heat inflames the muscle tissue, and when the tissue is inflamed, it isn't healing. Here is more information on how to ice your arm post game to speed up the healing process.
If after icing you are still experiencing pain then here are some common signs of a muscle tear. You have considerable loss in movement in your arm, with serious pain. If the supraspinatous is torn, which is the most common tear for throwers, you will not be able to turn your hand thumb down and raise it straight out in front of your body. This is because this movement requires a lot of work from the supraspinatous. If this is the case I am sure you have already seen a Doctor and unfortunately you may need surgery. This was my case. It is a hard reality to face. Especially when you are 18, like I was. There was one moment that got me thinking positive and it was a saying I saw on a wall just after the Doctor diagnosed the tear. "Where there is a Will, there is a Way." Ever six months the body regenerates itself. This means ever muscle has grown new tissue from the inside out. Like your skin. If you can get yourself on the right track, you can start over again and this is exactly what it will feel like. You are starting over at this point and you may not get another chance. It is a tough road but laced with so many rewards. If you are someone who is post surgery and needs a little boost to get back to the game you love, then please contact me and I will get you on the right track.
Another common injury of the shoulder is labrum damage. The signs are also sharp pain in the shoulder. It can come from any spot on the shoulder as the labrum raps around the head of the humerous none. The only way to prevent shoulder surgery when it involves a labrum tear is to build good joint integrity in the shoulder to give the shoulder joint more support. Many people have some level of labrum damage and surgery should be the last option. There is a good chance with labrum tears that strengthening the shoulder is all you need to prevent shoulder surgery.
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In conclusion, your rotator cuff is your life support as a pitcher. It is like a par of tires that you can never change on your race car. It is vital that you learn how to take care of it, if you want to prevent shoulder surgery. I hope this article gets you going and please contact me with any questions or post them in the discussion board.
I am struggling with overcoming rotator cuff surgery. I am a firefighter. As such, my range of motion has NOT come back so I can get back to doing what I love to do. It had been 8 months since surgery. Any suggestions??????????????????
Yes, get in shape from the ground up. Do exercises that work the body as a single unit while also performing rotator cuff exercises with resistance tubing. Most people who have a hard time recovering from rotator cuff surgery focus to much on the shoulder joint. Start working on getting your entire body back first then your arm will respond better.
Hey, I am a college pitcher and these past two to three weeks i’ve been getting a pain in the front side of my shoulder for the first time in my life, and on the lower part of my tricpe. The pain is like a pitching pain in my shoulder and it only hurts on some throw while in other it doesn’t. I can raise completley my arm with my thumbs down with feeling any sort of discomfort, and i can do resistence tubing and other shoulder excerises without pain. I only feel it when throwing a ball especially in my lower tricpe after a few throws. Any suggestions?
Sounds like some wear and tear. You more than likely need to reduce the volume or intensity of throws and see if it heals while also building up your lower half to take some of the work off of the arm. I would suggest you go to a doctor if it gets any worse and also get on the 3X or 2X programs to help you develop better mechanics and build your total body strength, speed and power.