Causes and Treatment of Rotator Cuff Injury
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that are positioned around the shoulder, connecting your upper arm (humerus) to your shoulder blade (scapula). These muscles work as a unit, helping to stabilize the shoulder joint and assisting with movement. The four tendons of the rotator cuff muscles join together to form one larger tendon, called the rotator cuff tendon. Rotator cuff injuries are one of the most prevalent shoulder problems among patients.
Rotator Cuff Injuries & Symptoms
Rotator cuff injuries are common among people who consistently perform overhead motions at work or while playing sports; this includes tennis players, painters, weight lifters and others with similar jobs. As you age, you also become more susceptible to injury due to wear on the tendons. There are a number of different problems that can affect the rotator cuff and lead to rotator cuff injury or inflammation, these include:
➟ Rotator cuff tendonitis
➟ Rotator cuff impingement syndrome
➟ Rotator cuff tear
The symptoms associated with a rotator cuff injury may increase over time or appear suddenly. Most people experience pain around the shoulder and a significant decrease in range of motion; it may be difficult to brush your hair or reach above your head, and you may find it uncomfortable to sleep. You may also experience weakness in your arm or have problems lifting it to the side. The pain can range from tolerable to severe.
Rotator Cuff Treatment
If you have been living with shoulder pain for an extended time or you have limited range of motion, you should consult a doctor. If left untreated, rotator cuff disease can lead to permanent weakness and may result in progressive degeneration of your shoulder joint. At Jacksonville Sport & Spine, rotator cuff problems can be successfully addressed through a combination of treatments to restore proper motion and reduce discomfort, including:
➟ Active Release Techniques® (ART)
Don’t live another day with unnecessary pain. Contact us today and let us help you get back to enjoying your life without limitations.