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Shaun Murphy
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Physical, Occupational, Speech & Language Rehabilitation Therapy & Chiropractic
Saint Alphonsus Rehabilitation Services
901 N. Curtis Rd., Suite 204
Boise
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My Son is a baseball player.  Is there anything that he can do to prevent injuries and make his arm stronger for the season next year?

Yes. The winter time is when it’s best to rest arms that have been throwing all summer long.  First, give the player a 3 month break. Next, depending on his position, if a pitcher, pitching mechanics need to be looked at by a professional who knows what he is looking for.  An off season work out program should be kept.  The age of player will dictate the degree of the exercises.  Not only should the throwing arm be worked, but also the whole body for core and leg conditioning to promote overall strength.  After the rest period a good long toss program helps to build arm strength as well.  In summary: Rest arm, strengthening program, throwing mechanics, gradual build up of throwing to season and depending on age - a pitch count.  All these help the growth and maturity for a stronger player and will help prevent injuries...  Any questions please call Shaun @ 367-5411.

 

I have noticed over the past month that my right arm is getting difficult to use. I believe I have the strength but it feels like my shoulder is getting tight.  I can’t move my arm overhead or behind my back. What is happening to my shoulder?

 From the symptoms you are describing, it sounds like your shoulder may be freezing up, called adhesive capsulitis or “frozen shoulder.”  A full evaluation would be needed to confirm. If this is the case, physical therapy is needed along with a good home exercise program to start to loosen the shoulder and regain full function of your arm.  Call Shaun at STARS at 367-5400 for more information.

 

When I have an injury, I always get confused as to whether to put heat or ice on the injured area.

If you are talking about strains and sprains types of injuries, then the rule for acute injuries is to intermittently put ice on injured area for the first 72 hours. The reason being is with an injury you will get inflammation to the area and you want to minimize that.  Ice will help minimize inflammation while constricting blood vessels but heat will dilate blood vessels and cause more inflammation.  Call Shaun at STARS at 367-5400.

 

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