I have worked at OSI Physical Therapy for three years and I have never had therapy before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect other than the basics from what I tell patients. My son who is eleven years old is a baseball player and pitches. Pitching is one of his favorite positions. The beginning of the year he was complaining of his right arm and shoulder hurting. I thought of him being so young it was just growing pains or something. It seemed to be sore and hurt after pitching a couple of innings. I began to worry because I have never heard him complain like this before.
Listen To Your Child When They Complain Of Shoulder Pain
I then thought, hey why not sign him up for a visit to see Scott Forrest in our Stillwater location. I know that I do not need to have a Dr. order or Referral, so I knew not seeing a Doctor first was going to be okay. Scott specializes in shoulder pain and he does the throwing program (he works on the whole body too), so I made him an appointment and told Riley about it. He was hesitant and scared. He didn’t know what to expect and how Scott was going to help him. I reassured him that Scott will know once he gives you an evaluation.
Our two goals for going to therapy were to rid the problem of the sore arm and shoulder and for him to pitch without pain. Riley had right shoulder impingement and rotator strain along with some scapular dyskenisis. Scott could tell from looking at his left shoulder and then to his right that this was the problem. It makes sense, he uses his right arm and shoulder for everything, as he is dominant on that side. Also, it makes sense because of the way he throws the ball that this would cause so much strain and tire those other muscles out.
So we did eight early morning visits with Scott for eight weeks. Scott started him on a home exercise program as well as office visits. He started him on the arm bike to work his muscles. Each week he had repetitive exercises to do and they really helped him. He then continued to do his exercises and phases until he got to the last phase which was the throwing program. Riley had to build up his arm and endurance in his arm before he could move on to each phase. The last phase Scott takes him out the mound and they video tape the session so Scott can go over and critique his pitching stance.
Six weeks before baseball starts up again we will get a visit or two in with Scott so he can see how well Riley has progressed over the months. Even though the baseball season is over for him now he will have to work on these skills and exercises over winter.
My one piece of parental advise to another parent is listen to your child when they complain of pain. They are never too young to injure something on their body. If we didn’t address the issue when we did, he could have damaged his arm/shoulder even more.
Riley is a little sad that he is done with Scott for now, but he wants to show him that he can do it. I can tell a huge difference in his attitude from the first visit where he was hesitant to go, to now where he doesn’t want to leave.
I took some pictures over the course of eight weeks with him doing different exercises. Cannot express my thanks and gratitude to Scott for all that he did with giving Riley confidence to helping his shoulder and pitching improve. Thanks again Scotty!!