Can I Play Baseball Again After a Rotator Cuff Tear?


The rotator cuff is a group of muscles commonly used in sports such as football, tennis, and baseball. It is especially important for pitchers whose careers are based on their ability to throw quickly and accurately. Following a rotator cuff tear, one of the most common questions is whether the patient can play baseball again.

Let’s look at the possible signs of a rotator cuff tear and determine if it results in lasting damage.

What Is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

The shoulder joint is one of our most versatile and mobile joints. Thanks to the shoulder, we are allowed a wide range of motion in our arms, allowing us to push, pull, lift, and throw.

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that support that complex shoulder joint. They connect the shoulder blade to the arm bone, stabilizing the joint and allowing arm movement. Unfortunately, its flexibility also makes the shoulder vulnerable to injuries. A tear in any one or more of these muscles or tendons in the shoulder is described as a rotator cuff tear.

Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears

The most common cause of rotator cuff tears is repetitive overhead motions, like those common in baseball and tennis, and heavy lifting or acute injuries like falling on an outstretched arm.

Signs of a Rotator Cuff Tear

Except in acute cases of a complete tear, a rotator cuff tear isn’t like a broken bone, where you immediately know what happened. Typically, it’s an injury that worsens over time due to wear and tear. The symptoms, including pain, weakness, and a limited range of motion, may become more noticeable with time.

Can You Return To Baseball Following a Rotator Cuff Tear?

Three factors affect your ability to play baseball after a rotator cuff tear. One is the severity of the tear, two is the success of the subsequent treatment, and three is your rehabilitation process. If your tear requires surgery, you might face a more extended recovery period. Many are able to return after six to 12 months of treatment and therapy. However, the final answer will depend on the severity of your injury.

Contact Sports, Occupational, and Knee Surgery

If you believe you have a rotator cuff tear, contact Sports, Occupational, and Knee Surgery. We can help treat your rotator cuff tear before your injury worsens and provide you with individualized information based on your specific case. Contact our office at (210) 696-9000; we serve San Antonio, and the surrounding areas in Texas.

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