Rotator Cuff / Shoulder Injuries

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Rotator Cuff / Shoulder Injuries

Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries can affect an individuals everyday routine making daily tasks more difficult.  Rotator cuff injuries can range from a dull ache in the shoulder to a more severe pain with use of the arm away from the body.  Although rotator cuff injuries can happen to anyone regardless of their age, these injuries are more common and increase with age.  Those who have jobs or participate in activities that require repeated overhead motions are also more susceptible to rotator cuff and shoulder injuries. If you are struggling with a rotator cuff or shoulder injury, our team at Superior Spine Care can help! We will examine and diagnose your condition as well as determine which movements may be triggering your pain.  We will than develop a treatment plan for your condition to get you back to enjoying your daily routine again! Contact our office today to set up your appointment.

Types of Shoulder Injuries

Strictly speaking, there are only four muscles in the rotator cuff. But even a casual glance at an anatomy book will reveal that there are many more muscles that cross over, around, and through the joints of the shoulder. With the large range of motion of the shoulder, along with the many muscles that need to work together, the shoulder is an easy target for injury.

Athletic Injuries to Shoulder

Athletic injuries are by far the most common source of shoulder problems in the younger to middle aged populations. Due to disuse and changes from aging, the older population is susceptible to shoulder injury even while doing normal day to day activities.

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rotator cuff shoulder injury


Injuries from over lifting or repetitive activities in awkward positions are also rather common. These injuries are commonly referred to as sprain/strain injuries, or tendonitis. They involve over stressing the muscles, tendons, and ligaments of the shoulder. These injuries may only be painful with certain activities, or at the end of the day. Generally, they respond well to ice and rest. When these ailments become more frequent or are not responding to rest, an evaluation by our Physical Therapist is a good place to start. Often we can identify where the pain is coming from, and give you the proper stretches and exercises to help you take care of your shoulder pain or rotator cuff injury.

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Recovery

Injuries to the shoulder can vary widely. Tears to the muscles in the shoulder can be complete or partial. More mild partial tears are usually treated with rehabilitation and re-strengthening once the muscle has had a chance to heal. Unfortunately, these can progress over time and can eventually lead to full thickness tears. Once there is a complete tear of a rotator cuff muscle, it must be surgically repaired. The good news is that rotator cuff surgeries are generally successful. As with any surgery, Physical Therapy is essential to regain range of motion and strength in the repaired shoulder. Other types of injury to the shoulder can include damage to the joint itself, tearing of the bursa, or the “cushion” of the shoulder joint, or tearing of the ligaments that hold the bones of the shoulder joint together.

Give us a call today to schedule an evaluation and see if we can help you with your shoulder pain.

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