Years ago, an Angel baseball player walked into our office, in terrible pain due to a right shoulder rotator cuff tendonitis. He appeared fit and healthy and had the muscle bulk to prove his time in the gym. Needless to say he was frustrated. It had been going on for months and the season was getting close to starting and he was worried he might have to be sidelined due to his condition. Of course for him this meant a loss of playing time in the game he loved and a possible loss of his position as a second baseman. My therapists, who are always intrigued by overuse syndromes such as a tendonitis, thought how could he be that bad. We proceeded with all of our typical tests for shoulder range of motion and strength and he did well on most of them. In fact all of his tests looked pretty good for his age and health status, except when we decided to really get down to business with his core strength tests.
I don't know what it is about spring but when it comes, everyone around here seems bound and determined that the hibernation of the winter is over and they are ready to get some work done. They are stacking slash piles, cleaning outside windows, putting in patios, cleaning out their garages and getting their gardens ready for planting, along with biking, running and hiking Canfield. Everyone is outside doing something, and I am sure that this week there are some backs, necks, shoulders and knees that are mighty sore.