Rotator cuff muscles are tendons that protect the shoulder joint in the human body. These muscles keep the upper head of the arm bone firmly wedged into the shoulder blade and support the movements of the shoulder joint. With the help of these muscles we can lift and rotate our arms freely. A tear in the rotator cuff results in shoulder pain that radiates down the arm and restricts normal movement for the patient. It could be the result of an injury due to a fall or age-related wear and tear of the muscles. Here’s all you need to know about this ailment –
What are the causes of a Rotator Cuff Injury?
- Acute Tear: An injury caused by a fall on your outstretched arm or by lifting a heavy load, perhaps with a jerk may cause a tear in the rotator cuff tendon.
- Age Degeneration Tear: As we age, wear and tear of rotator cuff muscles may cause an injury in these tendons. Usually, such an injury is seen in the dominant arm but sometimes it may occur in both shoulders together. Experts at Uteshiya have identified the following factors for degenerative or chronic rotator cuff injuries:
- Stress: Repeated use of the same muscles, such as in sports like cricket, rowing or baseball can put you at risk for rotator cuff tears.
- Irregular blood supply: If the blood supply to muscles or tendons reduces they may deteriorate causing a tear in the rotator muscles.
What are the symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Injury?
Some of the symptoms to look out for are:
- Pain while lifting your arm or lowering it. Or pain / discomfort in specific movements.
- Pain at rest, especially when lying on the affected side at night.
- Weakening of the arm
- Cracking sensation in shoulder movement
If the rotator cuff injury has been caused by a fall or accident, the patient tends to feel a snapping sensation and sudden intense pain in the shoulder. However, if it is a degenerative tear, patients are likely to feel a mild pain at first that slowly intensifies with time.
How can a rotator cuff injury be treated?
For muscle injuries like rotator cuff tears, recommended treatment may be different for different patients. Doctors consider factors such as age, activity level, general health and the type of tear before prescribing a treatment. Usually, non-surgical treatments are recommended; they include rest, anti-inflammatory medication, physiotherapy, modifying activity pattern and steroid injections.
The point to be noted here is that chronic shoulder pain should not be ignored for long periods of time as it may aggravate the injury or disorder in the muscles. If the treatment begins on time, a simple routine of physiotherapy may help the patient return to their daily tasks in a short time.
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