15 year old Baseball Pithcher
15 yr old pitcher with a supposed 92 mile fast ball, presented with medial epicondylitis, left shoulder rotator cuff weakness and pain, with radiculopathy of the ulnar nerve and forward head carry with anterior shoulder posture. The patient had been suffering with these issues on and off since thirteen years of age and baseball pitching aggravated symptoms. The patient had sought care with physical therapist, orthopedic surgeon, strength coaches and trainers with no results. MRI results for left shoulder were negative except for mild tendinopathyof the supraspinatus and mri of the elbow were negative except for mild inflammation of the medial humeral epicondyle.
The patient was put on a regimen of 2 ATM2 sessions per week, along with muscle stimulation and chiropractic adjustments. The shoulder protocol was done on the ATM2 with 70 percent improvement of pain and ROM and strength after the first visit. The child was astonished as were the parents. The next several visits consisted of eval and shoulder protocol on the atm2 and the patient was also put on the extension exercises performed on the ATM2 for posture. The patient had not pitched in several months and i suggested that they stop the strength coach, because his muscles were being damaged from overuse, which they concurred with. The boy is now pitching not quite as hard only 87 for a 15 year old, but looks forward to another state championship season in baseball, because his shoulder issues have completely resolved.
Matt Brecher, DC