Rotator Cuff Tear
Rotator Cuff Tear
a.k.a. Cuff Tear
The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, capable of a wide range of motions important across dozens of sports. Unfortunately, being the most mobile joint also means being unstable. Balancing stability in the shoulder is all about muscle control, and this control comes from the rotator cuff. This group of muscles takes on a lot of stress, which is what makes a rotator cuff tear the most common cause of shoulder pain and disability.
The rotator cuff is made up of four different muscles: Subscapularis (internal rotator), Teres Minor (external rotator), Supraspinatus (external rotator) and Infraspinatus (external rotator). Whenever you raise up your arm away from your body, the rotator cuff muscles work to stabilize the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. With this movement in mind, it’s clear that overhead athletes ask a lot of their rotator cuff.
We see a lot of rotator cuff tears in our clientele, some from overuse and others from trauma. Athletes involved in sports like baseball, swimming, tennis, golf, and basketball put regular stress on their rotator cuff muscles. These groups are more susceptible to developing overuse injuries through repetitive microtraumas.
Athletes involved in collision sports are at risk of experiencing a rotator cuff tear from
One or more of the four tendons in the rotator cuff can be torn in a rotator cuff injury. Symptoms of the injury will vary depending on where the tear has occurred. In cases of injury by trauma, there will be severe pain at the time of the injury. Pain is usually worse at night or during overhead activities. The shoulder might be stiff and weak. Learning everything we can about the symptoms and your level of activity will help us develop the right treatment plan for your rotator cuff tear.
Our goal in treating a rotator cuff tear is to look at the big picture and correct the impairment in a way that will avoid compensation injuries. We start by reducing pain and muscle tension, but then we work on improving the joint’s positioning. By using advanced tools like Pneumatic Compression Therapy and Hot and Cold therapy, we can help speed up your recovery.
When you’re ready, we will introduce exercises and stretches that will increase strength in the muscles for better shoulder stability. Before your rehabilitation is complete, we are sure to educate you on proper motion and movement moving so that you can protect your shoulder from reinjury moving forward