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Upper Back Pain Between Spine and Right Shoulder Blade

djsgarrettddjsgarrett Posts: 1
edited 11/12/2015 - 4:31 AM in Upper Back Pain, Thoracic
On 10/9 my 16 yr old son jumped 5 ft. in the air over a catcher trying to steal home in a baseball game. He twisted right and ended up hitting the ground with his upper back/right shoulder area. When he went back in the dugout, I saw him hanging from the rafters and then laying on his back with his hands stretched as far up as they would go. He told me that he was trying the stretch his upper back out, that he felt like everything was jammed up in there. When we got home he told me that he was hurting through his upper back into his chest when he breathed, but that pain had eased up (why he waits to tell me until the pain is gone I will never know). Pain and tightness in his upper back between his shoulder blades continued until I took him to the chiro the following Monday (3 days later). Went for a follow up 2 days later. Pain and tightness are pretty much gone. He has a baseball showcase on October 17th which is 8 days after the initial injury. He is not feeling pain or tightness. He warms up, does long toss, runs the 60 yard dash in 6.78 seconds, and practices throwdowns from home to 2nd. Still pain free. However, when he is timed on the throwdowns, he feels a sharp pain between his upper spine and right shoulder. He continues with the showcase, and the pain does ease up but does not completely stop until he stops all twisting motion. Back to the chiro Monday and he is feeling better. Only a little pain when he twists at the waist to the right.

2 weeks go by and he is pain free until he is doing squats in weight training class. The bar is unbalanced and he tilts to the right. He has to jerk the right side up hard to get his balance back. This causes the pain all over again. Back to the chiro and with rest and time the pain goes away again. He has baseball last week (Monday the 2nd) and feels some pain in the same area when batting (almost as soon as he starts batting). Then Wednesday the 4th he has throwing practice. He pitches 79 mph (about 75% for him) and feels some pain that is gone the next day. This Monday the 9th he has batting practice again. Starts by hitting off the t, no pain. He then moves to hitting off the pitching machine set at 88 mph. No pain the first 20 swings. He waits his turn for the next round of 20 against the pitching machine. Pain starts about 10 pitches in. It is taking more movement and a longer time for pain to onset. So, he seems to be getting better. What troubles me is that he tells me when he does have this pain that taking a deep breath hurts! Decided to tell me that yesterday! He is going to a sports medicine pedatric doctor Friday. But, I worry about the breathing. He says normal breathing and yawning and laughing does not hurt, but a very deep breath does. Does anyone have any idea as to what he may have injured?

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  • The first two sentences explain exactly what happened to me in the gym and what brought me to this forum. That happened to me a year ago and due to my determination to fight through and keep working out, only made things worse. It was diagnosed as a muscle strain, but caused many muscular imbalances in my right side throughout my whole back over time. I used to play college baseball last year, and want to get back in. Hope your son's injury improves and keep us posted.
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