ROTATOR CUFF INJURIES
WHAT IS THE ROTATOR CUFF?
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis) that stabilize the shoulder during day to day activities.
Common injuries include rotator cuff tendinopathy and rotator cuff tears or strains.
ROTATOR CUFF TENDINOPATHY
This is a very common injury in shoulders of all age groups. The tendons of the rotator cuff become inflamed, usually from overuse. Activities such as throwing, swimming or combing your hair aggravate the pain. Any activities below the shoulder are generally pain free. Night pain can be present in severe cases.
Treatment consists of resting from aggravating activities, electrotherapy, soft tissue therapy, taping, strengthening and anti-inflammatory medication. Identifying the cause of the injury is also important to avoid re-occurrence.
ROTATOR CUFF TEARS/STRAINS
Strains are common in athletes. The pain will be sudden and felt in the shoulder during an activity, usually a throwing movement. Rest, stretching and soft tissue therapy gives quick relief from this injury.
Complete or partial tears are commonly seen in older adults, but not limited to this population. There is pain with use of the shoulder and often the inability to sleep on the shoulder. Night pain is present as well. Diagnosis is confirmed by MRI or ultrasound imaging. Small tears can be treated conservatively with physiotherapy and massage. Complete tears will most likely need surgical intervention.
If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, book a physiotherapy appointment at 780 723 1985 . Let us get you on a road to recovery.