A member asked:

How does a pitcher get a rotator cuff injury or is it just a pulled muscles?

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Dr. Robert Purchase answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

It can be a cuff: A pitcher can cause damage to their rotator cuff. However, the issues that upper extremity athletes have with their shoulders are unique. Therefore, there treatments are unique. If you are pitcher and you are having shoulder pain, see a shoulder specialist orthopedic surgeon who has experience with upper extremity athletes.

Answered 3/29/2015


Dr. Agam Shah answered

Specializes in Sports Medicine

Too much throwing: Throwing is a complex and violent motion for the muscles/tendons around the shoulder, i.E the 4 muscle tendon units of the rotator cuff. If muscles are not stretched or warmed up they develop micro or macro tearing. Also, the same if there is not enough rest between sessions. Additionally, a pitcher may develop an internal rotation contracture (aka gird) which can lead to "internal impingement".

Answered 7/5/2012



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