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A 40-year-old member asked:

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

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Purchase
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
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.
Dr. Agam Shah
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".

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Could I have a rotator cuff injury or just a pulled muscles as well as nerves?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 26 years experience
See below: A rotator cuff injury is a muscle injury to one or more of the four muscles that make up the rotator cuff: supraspinatus (more often injured of the four), infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. Other injuries can occur with rotator cuff injuries and nerve injuries to the brachial plexus are possible along with clavicle fractures, ac separations, subluxations hand other shoulder injuries.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Do I have a rotator cuff injury or is it just a pulled muscles if I have a strange loose sensation when throwing?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Tepper
Orthopedic Surgery 26 years experience
Possibly: However, if your shoulder feels loose, you may have shoulder laxity. This may be treatable with strengthening and physical therapy. See an orthopaedic surgeon for an accurate diagnosis.

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Last updated Mar 29, 2015


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