Former Professional Baseball Catcher Battles Parkinson’s Disease

Head Trauma May Be Linked to Parkinson’s Disease and Other Conditions

The Washington Post and other news organizations are reporting that former Colorado Rockies catcher Ben Petrick is battling Parkinson’s disease. At times he has trouble speaking and getting his thoughts across due to his Parkinson’s, along with many of the other common symptoms, including tremors.

Only about a decade has passed since Petrick was a promising catcher for the Colorado Rockies. The disease’s quick onset forced him to retire at the age of 27.

Petrick’s heart never really left the game and this season he jumped as a chance to join the Hillsboro Hops near Portland, Oregon, a Class A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He’s a special coach, counseling players, some still in their teens, about the ins and outs of professional baseball.

About 1.5 million Americans have Parkinson’s, which destroys brain cells that produce dopamine, a chemical key to the functions that control muscle movement. Patients suffer from increasingly severe tremors and periodically rigid limbs. They can have trouble walking, speaking and writing.

Petrick, like so many others with Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases has a history of concussions and head and neck traumas. Baseball catchers regularly suffer concussions and ironically, is reporting that, it appears major-league baseball is dealing with the same concussion culture that the NFL has been trying to change. Players say many of their peers are playing with head injuries.

“I guarantee you there are some guys playing with concussions now because they feel like it’s not serious and they can just keep playing,” said Chicago Cubs catcher Dioner Navarro, who considers himself fortunate to have had just two in his career. “The one thing we know now is concussions are serious injuries and you can’t mess around with them.”

Natural Relief of Parkinson’s Symptoms

With rising concerns about concussions and player safety at all levels in baseball, football, hockey, and other sports many athletes are now looking for natural relief of Parkinson’s disease symptoms.

At Sherwood Spinal Care we have been able to help many people from different age groups find relief from Parkinson’s symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, balance and movement problems.

We do this by evaluating the upper neck for undetected injuries that can lead to decreased blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow to the brain. These neck injuries can typically take place during head and neck trauma such as those associated with concussions. Most of diagnostic testing is focused on the health and function of the brain when it comes to Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative conditions. These neck injuries are frequently missed and can lead to months or years of frustration as the person attempts to find a solution to his symptoms.

We utilize specialized 3 dimensional x-rays in order to thoroughly evaluate the upper neck to see if a misalignment is present and how best to correct it. Once the misalignment is corrected by a custom-designed spinal procedure called NUCCA , a second set of 3 dimensional x-rays are taken in order to confirm that the misalignment is being corrected and proper blood and cerebrospinal fluid flow has been restored.

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Dr. Kurt Sherwood, D.C. is an Upper Cervical Specialist and has helped many people to find natural relief from Parkinson’s disease symptoms in Renton, Washington over the past 24 years. He is trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association. He specializes in correcting problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems including multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, and vertigo. More information can be found on his website at

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