As we’ve mentioned on the blog in the past, physical therapy is great for athletes who are trying to recover from an injury, but it’s also an option for non-injured athletes who want a better understanding of their biomechanical movements in relation to their sport. Pitchers are one subset of athletes that we work with a lot, and physical therapy can be just what they need to save some wear and tear on their arm or add a few miles an hour to their fastball. Here’s what we offer and how we can help pitchers recover from injury or improve their game.
PT For Pitchers At OrthoRehab Specialists
Here’s a look at some of the ways that physical therapy at OrthoRehab Specialists can be just what you need to take your game to the next level.
- Shoulder Strengthening – Your shoulder joint handles a great deal of stress and force with each pitch you make. We can help strengthen supportive shoulder structures and target your rotator cuff to help you put problems in the past, or reduce the likelihood that a shoulder injury will slow you as the season progresses.
- Elbow Exercises – Any junk ballers out there? Your elbow endures a large amount of stress when you throw a curveball or a slider, so if you rely on those pitches more than others, you could benefit from exercises that strengthen the elbow and all its supportive structures. Work to strengthen these areas before inflammation sets in, but we can also help if you noticed some pain or discomfort in your elbow during your last bullpen session.
- High Tech Analysis – Did you know that OrthoRehab Specialists is the only therapy department in the area that offers an indoor pitching mound with high-speed video analysis? This allows us to view every individual aspect of your form and see why certain problems may be developing. We can analyze your pitching form frame by frame to see if your mechanics are playing a role in your injury, or we can look to see if altering your form to become more biomechanically efficient could add speed to your fastball. Set up a session on our video analysis pitching mound today.
- Work With Former Athletes – The vast majority of our therapists grew up playing sports and have more than a basic understanding of the movements and forces involved with each sport. We have therapists with a wealth of knowledge about pitching mechanics and proper form, and they didn’t just learn this from a book. Many of our therapists excelled on the field and want to help you reach your true potential, and you won’t always find that level of care at every physical therapy clinic.
Baseball Physical Therapy
So if you’re dealing with ulnar nerve pain from throwing too many curveballs or general forearm fatigue from pitching too many innings this summer, give us a call and see what we can do for you. We offer in-season and offseason programs for pitchers recovering from injuries and those who want to better understand how they can improve their mechanics. Even if you’re not a pitcher, we can help improve your throwing form and prevent shoulder or elbow injuries. Give our clinic a call today for more information.
PT of Costa Rican National Soccer Team for 2007 World Cup in Victoria, CAN. Clinical Instructor for University of Minnesota Doctor of Physical Therapy Affiliations
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