Without doing an examination it is hard to comment on your son’s condition, but we can provide some general information regarding his pain.
In general we can say that icing is a helpful tool to manage inflammation and its associated pains.
The pain that he is experiencing in the shoulder could be associated with a wide array of causes. Some of these include:
- general muscles soreness
- strains and sprains of muscles and ligaments
- other potentially more serious traumas
These tissues can take anywhere from weeks to months to heal. We recommend that your son been seen by a trained physical therapist to get a better picture of the problem. A PT is well trained in assessing these types of conditions using a thorough process that can help identify exactly what the injured tissues are and how we can further treat them. They can also help you figure out if your son requires further assessment by another medical provider.
In the meantime icing should not exceed 15-20 minute intervals greater than once every few hours. It is recommended to use a barrier between the ice and the skin.
We’ve provided links to additional resources below.
Shoulder strengthening can help reduce the risk of injury and soreness after throwing. Follow this 4-week shoulder program to help build shoulder strength and coordination for baseball or softball players of any age. All exercises can be done from your own home with limited time and equipment.
Dynamic stretching is becoming more commonplace in professional and collegiate athletics, and a trickle down has been seen in high school and youth athletics as well. It is based on repetitive completion of whole body movement patterns in order to increase blood flow to the muscles.
Please note, this reply is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, physical therapist, or other qualified health provider with a medical condition.