Rotator Cuff Injury and Shoulder injuries

The rotator cuff is comprised of four small muscles which attach to the shoulder blade and the bone of the upper arm called the humerus. The rotator cuff acts to control the motion of the shoulder and coordinate the position of the humerus (upper arm) in relation to the shoulder blade. The rotator cuff is not the main power mover of the shoulder. The deltoids, pectorals, biceps and rhomboids are the most powerful movers of the shoulder.
The rotator cuff is often injured by lifting a heavy weight in an ackward position or falling on the shoulder or arm. Some older people may have tears of the rotator cuff and not be able to identify the injuring event. A rotator cuff injury usually causes weakness when lifting the arm and pain while working overhead or in overhead motions.
The most commonly torn muscle in the rotator cuff is the supraspinatus. The supraspinatus is a small muscle at the top and front of the shoulder. Usually it is not possible to determine if someone has torn their rotator cuff by simply feeling the front of the shoulder. Usually weakness in lifting the arm is the key feature of a tear of the rotator cuff. In older people the supraspinatus may become torn without any definite injury. Partial tears of the supraspinatus may be rehabilitated gradually by simple exercises of the shoulder and a strengthening program. Usually rest is a good idea for a partial tear. Complete tears are usually surgically repaired. The most beneficial technique for rotator cuff problems in the Chiropractic setting in myofascial release. Myofascial release techniques are often helpful after the acute phase of a partial rotator cuff tear. Myofascial release is most helpful to prevent adhesions during the healing phase. Gentle Chiropractic manupulation of the shoulder is also often helpful when combined with myofascial release. A set of rotator cuff exercises is recommended to begin as soon as they can be tolerated after an injury resulting in a partial tear. Many people have partial and even complete tears of the rotator cuff and are unaware they exist.

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One Response to Rotator Cuff Injury and Shoulder injuries

  1. There is quite a bit of confusion, some people call it a rotator cuff tear, others call it shoulder tendonitis, it’s really all the same. It is a strain, inflammation or even a tear in the rotator cuff muscles and tendons.

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