What is a rotator cuff injury?
The rotator cuff is a strong and complex group of four muscles surrounding the shoulder joint that keep the upper arm bone firmly within the shoulder socket. When one of these muscles or the tendons that connect them to your shoulder bones is injured, it can cause pain in the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries are a common type of throwing injury, often seen in athletes who perform repetitive, overhead throwing motions.
There are various types of rotator cuff injuries that can occur, with the most common types including:
- Partial rotator cuff tears
- Complete rotator cuff tears
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Rotator cuff tendonosis
What causes rotator cuff injuries?
Rotator cuff injuries are often caused by repetitive shoulder strain or overuse, but they can also occur as a result of a traumatic shoulder injury. Repeated overhead movements, such as throwing a ball, heavy lifting or painting can all cause wear and tear on the tendon tissue, resulting in a rotator cuff injury.
Some of the most common causes of rotator cuff injuries include:
- Participating in sports, such as:
- Baseball / softball
- Construction work
What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?
The symptoms of a rotator cuff injury may include the following:
- Dull, aching shoulder pain
- Arm weakness
- Inability to lift arm
- Inability to reach behind your back or behind your head
- Difficulty sleeping, especially when lying on the injured shoulder
Do I need treatment for a rotator cuff injury?
Extensive rotator cuff tears may require surgical repair, transfer of alternative tendons or joint replacement. However, many people recover from rotator cuff dysfunction with exercises that improve the flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. We offer a variety of options for rotator cuff injuries. Our teams utilize a one-on-one approach to diagnosing, treating, and preventing re-injury of your rotator cuff. Most importantly, we can help you return to the sports and activities that you love.
If you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, visit one of our locations. We are open six days a week and accept walk-ins so you can come in anytime. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment in advance, you can fill out the form on this page.