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Mascoma

Brooklyn, NY

#22 Mar 11, 2012
My son is 13. Righty pitcher and batted .451 in Fall Ball. Recurring lower back pain for about 12 months that radiates down left buttock. Pain is only felt rotating (pitches and swing). Seeing Ortho on Tues. any suggestions or tips from anyones experience is appreciated. Thanks
racy

Atlanta, GA

#23 Jun 1, 2012
Mascoma wrote:
My son is 13. Righty pitcher and batted .451 in Fall Ball. Recurring lower back pain for about 12 months that radiates down left buttock. Pain is only felt rotating (pitches and swing). Seeing Ortho on Tues. any suggestions or tips from anyones experience is appreciated. Thanks
I'm 15 with the same symptoms as your son. Had pain in lower left/ side of my back. Pain Even radiated down my back and left leg at one point to where I couldn't walk. Xray and MRI were negative, orthopedic doc had no idea. I took a month off but the pain is come back today pitching...it sucks I might just deal with it. Any tips?
a smarter Dad

Knoxville, TN

#24 Jul 10, 2012
So many macho parents and kids! Please go to a orthopedic doctor that specializes in spinal pain. If you care so much for their professional baseball potential,(what a joke!) why not invest in getting them in the car and to the Drs. office instead of spending time on the internet looking for answers, some of you have gone days, weeks and months with out a professional consult. You don't make any sense to me. If you cared you would take your kids to a professional doctor immediately!
nano

Saint Louis, MO

#25 Aug 5, 2012
i am experiencing the same pain in my lower back all-around, i am a lefty pitcher and i throw side armed when i pitch. i have not experienced pain as great as yours, but it hinders my movement in my legs and left arm, as well as rotating my core. it has affected my throwing majorly but most of all it has affected my soccer abilities, as soccer being my main sport. i cannot kick a soccer ball without experiencing back pain particularly in my lower left region. also twisting and spinning affects my back. i have just started feeling this and i use KT Tape and it helps very much but i still ache and have to sit out at conditioning. i share your fear of being benched due to back problems and i am desperately searching for an answer. thx and good luck
sammy

Carol Stream, IL

#26 Dec 23, 2012
I'm a 14 year old righty pitcher. When I was twelve I was throwing in the upper 70s and averaged 25 strikeouts every nine innings. I started pitching turning my back in my delivery, and looked very similar to tim lincecums pitching mechanics. In the first tournament this year I hurt my shoulder. It took me about two hours to warm up and then I could go an inning pain free. My velocity dropped to about 65, and with much less control on my fastball. Then about half way through the season, when I was pitching I felt a similar feeling in my lower back that you felt. I didn't really think much of it and just kept pitching. My velocity then dropped to about 60, which is about 15-20 mph slower than it was when I was twelve. I still kept pitching. Most days I was in effective, but then some I was unntouchable. after the season was over I went to my regular doctor, and she gave me two weeks off of gym. She said that if its still hurting to go see a back specialist. That was almost four months ago and I still haven't been to the specialist yet. This is really worrying me because I need a full scholarship to get to college because my parents can't afford and I doubt I will be able to afford it and this was going to be my way in. THE MAIN LESSON IS DO NOT PITCH LIKE THIS OR IT WILL SERIOUSLY MESS YOU UP. IT DID TO ME AND NOW I WALK AROUND LIKE I'M CRIPPLED
Lefty pitcher

Santa Cruz, CA

#27 Jan 18, 2013
Hello I beleive you most likely have a herniated disk in either you l4 or l5. I am a lefty pitcher as well and I have had the same symptoms as you I finally went to the doctors for a MRI and it showed signs of a herniated disk. The doctor told me that stretching and core work should improve it ( unlike most back injuries not exercising is the worst thing you can Do.) By doing this I was able to make it through my sophmore year and receive a pretty hefty scholership. I also recommend stretching your hamstrings before you start because it take a lot of pressure off the back. Best of luck I hope this helps.
zack

Richmond, VA

#28 Jul 10, 2013
I am having the same problem and I'm thirteen, whenever I arch my back it hurts and when I throw and swing
Weisz

Sydney, Australia

#29 Aug 20, 2013
lankylefty wrote:
Hi! Thanks for taking the time to look over this post.
I'm a 17 year old high school lefty pitcher. I'm taking baseball pretty seriously and trained very hard this offseason, as I'm looking to play collegiately. Made All-Conference for Varsity last year as a sophomore so this year is the one big year to stand out and impress colleges.
Anyway, 9 weeks ago I felt amazing. I had gained 5 mph on my fastball and was set to be the top pitcher in the league. Then, trying to make a slight change to my mechanics, I began to notice a little twinge in my lower back on the right side (I'm a lefty) after every pitch. I paid little attention to it - i was still throwing hard and my arm felt great...it wasn't my arm so there wasn't anything to worry about, right?
The change I made involved turning my back a little more to home plate as i lifted my leg, and a more violent snapping open of the hips into footplant. I had no pain prior to this change, and it hurt only after performing this motion for the first time. 5 days later, I had thrown 4 more times. After the bullpen it felt so tight that i had trouble walking the next day (and week).
I iced for the first 3 days, and my trainer gave me heat for that first week. Moderate relief.
Then i saw the doctor who took an X-Ray which came back negative. He said everything was ok and that it was a simple muscle spasm. He gave me a muscle relaxant, told me to stretch and do heat + e-stim and that I would be fine in a week.
Fastforward 4 weeks or so. E-stim + heat every day with my trainer,+ started very light core strengthening program for 2 of those weeks. No noticeable improvements after this time. He gave me stretches to do. Flexing forward is pain-free, but ARCHING (especially while also twisting to the right) my back produces pain. It's kind of a tight aching pain and only occurs when I twist funny or arch my back.
So far rest has not diminished my symptoms. Some stretches (like the McKenzie arching exercises) made it worse, but nothing has really helped the problem too much.
Anyway to sum up:
Chronic low right back pain: 8 -9 weeks and counting
Hurts to go into extension
Pain is off to the side, there is no tenderness to touch
[IMG]http://i42.tinypic.com/35 7q7u0.jpg[/IMG]
furthermore, I recently had a bone scan and the doctor's assistant said that she couldn't see anything from it. I will find out for sure what the bone scan showed in a few days, but I'm assuming that the bone scan came back negative.
Right now I'm researching and Prolotherapy looks like my best bet as it's simple and used to treat a ton of different conditions.
Please, please I need help. Baseball is my dream and I don't want this nightmare to continue.
Hi.
I have been a patient of Bryyon Lambert for many years and he has history in osteopathy and has developed his own system called Gravitechnics.

I have some scar tissue in my ankle after breaking my fibula. He explained to me that the body is a machine, similar to a car and once you change/alter the body, you hinder performance.

I would predict that you have created some scar tissue in your muscle fibres/tissue and or inflamed nerves. The body is resilient but delicate at the same time. Once you have scar tissue, it is not reversable. Also doctors will say that you can remove scar tissue, the issue is it creates more scar tissue, and frankly it's a waste of time.

I would suggest not training as hard and have adequate rest. You will need to nurse this injury for the rest of your life, sorry to say.

If you would like to learn more please contact me
Anthony
[email protected]
Lisa

Santa Cruz, CA

#30 Apr 26, 2014
Lefty hitter wrote:
My son is 16 and has been hurt for over 1.5 years. He was diagnosed with spondylosysis, that's the stress fracture in the L5 pars interarticularis that one of the posts mentioned. He did this swinging the bat. 3 MRI's, 3 CT's, 4 x-rays and a nuclear bone scan later he is in extreme pain that is absolutely triggered by his lefty swing. Top docs have said that the stress fracture is all but healed and they see nothing structurally wrong.. but the pain continues. He has done PT for flexibility and core strength, chiropractic manipulation, accupuncture, two epidurals aimed a the facet joint and even a nerve ablation. One facet epidural gave him relief for about three weeks. The other nerve interventions did nothing. Docs have thrown up their hands and have said to wait it out. Not exactly what a junior in high school with dreams of college wants to hear. I need help. I'll see a witch doctor if I have to.
How is your son doing? Is he pain free yet? My daughter is a 17 year old gymnast who will be headed off to college this fall to compete on a D-1 team. She has had chronic lower back pain for the past seven months but it was at its worst just before the start of her competitive season in December. The first MRI showed slightly bulging discs and she had two epidurals so that she could manage to compete something in her last season as a club gymnast. The first epidural worked for about two weeks and she manage to do one modified meet in early March and the pain came back. She experienced no relief from the second epidural and tried modified training through the pain which worsened considerably at her State Meet in late March--which she had to scratch. We immediately had a second MRI which saw no bulging discs but a "sequela of old pars fracture left side L5 with fibruous union and marginating fatty marrow change in the left L5 pedicile. No marginating bone or soft tissue edema." Nothing acute but an old fracture. So she has taken off a month now except for PT and the pain remains the same, likewise the tingling in her thigh. She's devastated and totally depressed....has never in her life been this inactive and is panicked that she won't be ready to compete at college. Gymnasts lose their strength and skills remarkably fast. She's scheduled now for a bone scan to determine perhaps if there is an acute fracture that was missed by the first two MRIs. My question is this: if there is not a second fracture, can the old pars fracture with a fibruous union be causing her pain, and if so, then what is the likelihood of any further healing/pain relief?
leftyat90

Robinson, IL

#31 Mar 27, 2015
lankylefty wrote:
Hi! Thanks for taking the time to look over this post.
I'm a 17 year old high school lefty pitcher. I'm taking baseball pretty seriously and trained very hard this offseason, as I'm looking to play collegiately. Made All-Conference for Varsity last year as a sophomore so this year is the one big year to stand out and impress colleges.
Anyway, 9 weeks ago I felt amazing. I had gained 5 mph on my fastball and was set to be the top pitcher in the league. Then, trying to make a slight change to my mechanics, I began to notice a little twinge in my lower back on the right side (I'm a lefty) after every pitch. I paid little attention to it - i was still throwing hard and my arm felt great...it wasn't my arm so there wasn't anything to worry about, right?
The change I made involved turning my back a little more to home plate as i lifted my leg, and a more violent snapping open of the hips into footplant. I had no pain prior to this change, and it hurt only after performing this motion for the first time. 5 days later, I had thrown 4 more times. After the bullpen it felt so tight that i had trouble walking the next day (and week).
I iced for the first 3 days, and my trainer gave me heat for that first week. Moderate relief.
Then i saw the doctor who took an X-Ray which came back negative. He said everything was ok and that it was a simple muscle spasm. He gave me a muscle relaxant, told me to stretch and do heat + e-stim and that I would be fine in a week.
Fastforward 4 weeks or so. E-stim + heat every day with my trainer,+ started very light core strengthening program for 2 of those weeks. No noticeable improvements after this time. He gave me stretches to do. Flexing forward is pain-free, but ARCHING (especially while also twisting to the right) my back produces pain. It's kind of a tight aching pain and only occurs when I twist funny or arch my back.
So far rest has not diminished my symptoms. Some stretches (like the McKenzie arching exercises) made it worse, but nothing has really helped the problem too much.
Anyway to sum up:
Chronic low right back pain: 8 -9 weeks and counting
Hurts to go into extension
Pain is off to the side, there is no tenderness to touch
[IMG]http://i42.tinypic.com/35 7q7u0.jpg[/IMG]
furthermore, I recently had a bone scan and the doctor's assistant said that she couldn't see anything from it. I will find out for sure what the bone scan showed in a few days, but I'm assuming that the bone scan came back negative.
Right now I'm researching and Prolotherapy looks like my best bet as it's simple and used to treat a ton of different conditions.
Please, please I need help. Baseball is my dream and I don't want this nightmare to continue.
I have the same issue and it radiates down into my right hip (plant foot). I would say to do an ice bath once every 2 weeks. That has seemed to help for a short period of time. Also have some one look at your right foot when its planting on your throw through. Make sure your not landing heel first and focus on landing on the palm of your foot for less impact.

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