Unless you've been injured playing sports, chances are you haven't thought much about the rotator cuff until it has affected you or a family member. While there's a lot that can be done to rehab these injuries, it's important to understand how serious they can actually be. A little knowledge can go a long way - the more you understand about this part of the body the better you will be able to recover by avoiding common problems and acting intelligently during the recovery and rehab process.
Understanding the Rotator Cuff
The rotator cuff is found in the shoulder as four muscles work together in a way that makes them work like tendons in the shoulder. They support the arm bone and stabilize the shoulder. This is what allows arms and shoulders to work in conjunction with the back and chest muscles when lifting heavy objects or doing anything that requires upper body stress. When someone talks about a rotator cuff injury that could mean one muscle is injured, or all four!
Knowing the Symptoms
There are multiple symptoms of a damaged or strained rotator cuff. Almost all of them involve a dull ache in the shoulder which can become more painful with severe injuries. A broken up sleep, constant pain, difficulty reaching and lifting objects are all symptoms. If there is a restricted limit to the motion your arms can move and twist, that indicates a clear sign of rotator cuff issues.
Left untreated, small injuries can become very serious ones. This can even include a continuing decline in movement (aka "progressive degeneration"), weaker shoulders, weaker grips, and even a permanent loss of motion or permanent weakness in that arm. Rotator cuff injuries are no laughing matter at any stage which is why our professionals at MOVE Health & Wellness are careful to give the best treatment at every stage of the recovery process.
Some people are simply going to be more inclined towards these injuries than others. Professional or amateur athletes, construction workers, certain types of hard labourers, and weight lifters are all going to be more prone to this type of injury than others. Family genes even play a small part in who is more likely to get this type of shoulder injury.
The good news is that for even those susceptible to rotator cuff issues, there are ways to help prevent or lessen the chances of injury. These include special daily shoulder stretches, as well as a fully balanced exercise practice that focuses on both the front and back of the shoulder, not just one side.
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The team at MOVE Health & Wellness are professionals who understand their patients needs and are dedicated to providing them with the best possible treatment. That is why we assess your entire body during the first session to get a better understanding of what's causing you problems and what muscle group to begin with. Come into our studio for an outstanding physiotherapy experience.
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