Throwing a baseball or softball is one of the most strenuous activities on the shoulder and elbow that an athlete performs. Whether pitching or fielding the ball, many baseball and softball players develop arm soreness or injury during their season that causes decreased performance or loss of playing time. Most of these injuries are simple overuse injuries that can be attributed to muscular fatigue, muscular imbalances or throwing mechanics. We can help.In addition to the problematic joint, it is critically important to treat the entire athlete – including hip, trunk, back and core muscle groups. Our multidisciplinary specialists have extensive experience with throwing athletes from recreational to the major leagues:
- Fellowship-trained sports medicine physicians
- Board certified, residency-trained physical therapists
- Licensed athletic trainers
- Certified strength and conditioning specialists
Our Throwing Analysis
We’ll explore all of the factors behind the motion of your arm with:
- A throwing/pitching and injury history
- A physical examination including strength, flexibility, coordination/balance, posture and throwing-specific movements
- Shoulder, scapular, elbow, spine and lower extremity assessment and alignment
- Slow-motion video analysis of your biomechanical patterns and angles
- Treatment plan and specialized exercises based on results of the physical examination and video analysis
Cost is only $150 for 1-1/2 hour session; it may be billed to your insurance with a physician referral.
Orthopedic treatment for pitchers, throwing athletes
Gregory Cvetanovich, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, explains some of the treatment options available for overhead or throwing athletes, such as pitchers and softball players. The first line of treatment is non-surgical options, such as rehabilitation, but Ohio State also focuses on prevention and, if required, surgical options like Tommy John surgery or arthroscopic surgery for elbow and shoulder injuries.
Jack has been a baseball player since the age of four. After having an elbow injury Jack quickly knew he was going to have his rehab at Ohio State. Through the help of our Upper Extremity team, Jack came out of rehab as a better pitcher than before with the tools he needed to prevent future injury.