Rotator Cuff Injury and Treatment
- Posted on: Oct 15 2018
If you’re a baseball pitcher, tennis player, a professional painter or someone else who works with tools above your head, did you know that you are at increased risk of rotator cuff injury? But what is the rotator cuff, and how do I treat an injury? Keep reading to learn about this shoulder injury.
The rotator cuff consists of a cluster of muscles and tendons in your shoulder. These help your arm stay in your shoulder joint. For example, the upper arm bone (called the humerus) meets the collarbone (called the clavicle) and your shoulder blade (called the scapula): together they all make up the ball-and-socket joint in your shoulder. The ball at the end of your upper arm bone requires the muscles and tendons to stay in your shoulder joint properly.
Your rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons that come together to keep your arm in the joint, and they also help you raise and move your arm.
There are some telltale signs that you have a rotator cuff injury such as:
- Pain while lying on the affected shoulder, or when you’re resting
- Weakness while lifting or rotating the affected arm
- Pain with specific movements, especially lifting or lowering your arm
- Cracking sound/ sensation when moving your arm around
There are two treatment options for a rotator cuff injury: non-surgical and surgical. A non-surgical approach for rotator cuff healing is best for patients who have developed a rotator cuff injury due to repetitive use, and those who may have the time to let their bodies heal on their own. These patients will need to tailor their day-to-day life to healing, and may not be able to do everything they used to. This includes carrying children, lifting objects above their heads, or using the arm at all (in certain cases). Wearing a sling is very important if that is the route you choose, as it can help your arm rest and heal over time.
Surgery is usually a better option for those who don’t have the time to wait for their shoulder to heal on its own. If you need to use your arms for work, for example, then surgery may be best for you. Surgery may also be a better fit for you if your rotator cuff injury came from an accident or fall. If other parts of the body are affected, surgery may even be required to help you heal properly.
Call us today at (928) 537-6880 to schedule a consultation about rotator cuff injury today.
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