Baseball and Softball Injuries
Relieve the Strain of the Season
For baseball fans, the excitement of the crowd, the smell of hot dogs and the competition of two teams hitting it out of the ballpark is what baseball season is about.
For baseball athletes – and softball, too – the strain of daily practices, long games, doubleheaders and repetitive motions can lead to debilitating injuries, ruining their baseball seasons. When pain and strain are keeping you on the bench, the talented True Sports physical therapists are here to help make it all go away. Our vast knowledge of sports like baseball and softball, and the injuries that occur, can get players of all ages and skill levels back on the diamond and performing even better than before.
Repetitive Motion Key to Baseball Injuries
We help baseball athletes rehab from sports-related injuries every day at True Sports Physical Therapy. The most common types of baseball injuries we see include:
- Throwers elbow
- Rotator cuff injuries
- Shoulder instability
- UCL sprain of the elbow
- Muscle strains
- Labral tear
Our trained physical therapists are pros when it comes to treating these and other baseball-related injuries. We work with you to educate you about how the motions of your game lead to these injuries and what you can do to prevent them.
Body Stress Due to Repetition
Athletic trainers and physical therapists agree: Baseball and softball players, particularly pitchers, are constantly throwing and catching the ball. These athletes are most likely to become injured from repetitive stress and over-use.
If you’re suffering pain and limited range of motion especially in your shoulders, come see us. We understand the cause of repetition injuries in baseball and softball players and, more importantly, how to help you recover from and prevent them.
Some Baseball Injuries Require Surgery
In many cases, both baseball and softball injuries can be treated without surgery. However, a few injuries, if serious enough or left untreated, can result in the need for surgery and physical therapy to get you back on the field. These are some of the most common baseball-related surgeries we see in our physical therapy clients:
- Rotator Cuff Tears – A rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that come together as tendons to cover the top of the upper arm bone. Surgery may be required to repair a rotator cuff if there is a tear, rather than a sprain.
- UCL Injury – The ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) acts as a stabilizer, preventing the elbow joint from bending sideways. Injuries to the UCL are more common in pitchers. It is possible to treat a UCL injury with non-surgical methods, but if instability continues, surgery may be necessary. The UCL reconstruction surgery is commonly known as the Tommy John surgery in honor of the first player to receive the surgery in 1974.
- Spondylisthesis – The act of swinging a bat can cause pressure on the lower back and possibly fracture vertebrae in the spine. If left untreated, this condition can progress to a more serious condition where the fractured vertebrae slip out of place and put pressure on the nerves of the spine. Surgery can prevent this.
- Knee injuries – The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL) are two of the ligaments that stabilize the knee. Injuries to either can cause a loud popping or snapping sensation and result in severe pain. Surgery may be necessary depending on the severity of the injury.
The True Sports Sweet Spot – Individualized Physical Therapy
True Sports Physical Therapy specializes in the rehabilitation of baseball and softball players of all ages and all levels. Through our work with countless elite baseball and softball athletes who play in high school, the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and Major League Baseball, we have developed a comprehensive assessment specific to players returning to all aspects of the game.
At True Sports, we use video analysis for swing and pitch mechanics, helping you identify areas for technical improvement. We work with Israel Baseball, UMBC Baseball in an official capacity, and have rehabilitated baseball players from Division I, II and III as well as players from the Athletics, Indians, Royals, Orioles and Nationals organizations.
Each evaluation and tailored treatment plan is performed by a physical therapist with an extensive background in rehabilitating baseball- and softball-related injuries. Our understanding of the unique movement patterns, training demands and injury mechanisms of baseball and softball players informs our recommendations, so our athletes return to play quickly and safely. Our commitment to evidence-based, individualized treatment sets us apart as Baltimore’s best for baseball and softball rehabilitation.
Schedule An Appointment Today
With convenient locations throughout the Baltimore area, including Fell’s Point, Timonium, Woodbine, Columbia and Abingdon, True Sports Physical Therapy is the preferred choice of any athletes and weekend warriors ready to experience the highest level of therapeutic expertise and rehabilitative care. Select your location and schedule an appointment online or call 1-410-946-1672. Contact us at your convenience by phone, 1-410-946-1672, or website message.
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710 Ann St
Baltimore, MD 21231
2240 Greenspring Dr.
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
15870 Frederick Road
Woodbine, MD 21797
1305 Governor Ct
Abingdon, MD 21009
Columbia, MD 21045
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