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Rotator Cuff Treatment

January 9, 2011 by  
Filed under Rotator Cuff

rotator cuff treatment If you’ve ever suffered a should injury, you know how much it impacts your daily life and can prevent you from performing the most basic tasks.  It’s not until we suffer a should injury that we actually stop to think how much we rely on our shoulder and how much we rely on it to lift our arms.

When it comes to shoulder injuries there are many.  But the most commonly reported is a rotator cuff injury.  So if you are one of the millions of people every year who suffer from this terrible injury, what are your best rotator cuff treatment options?  Will recovering from this injury cost you hundreds of even thousands of dollars?  How long does it take to heal?  Will you be able to return to all your favorite activities again?

Before we answer these tough questions, it’s important to learn about the symptoms and causes of a torn rotator cuff so you know exactly what structures of your shoulder are damaged, what types of activities can cause a rotator cuff tear and why it hurts so much.

The majority of rotator cuff injuries are a result of performing duties/tasks in the workplace or due to a sporting activity.  To be a little more specific, activities that include any of the following:

  • sudden or intense overhead movements
  • a reduction in the blood supply to the shoulder tendons
  • repetitive actions that cause stress or strain on the shoulder
  • any type of heavy lifting activities
  • repetitive overhead motions such as throwing a ball, painting a wall or ceiling, or working with your arms extended overhead for long periods of time
  • degeneration due to aging or poor posture or weak muscles

As for the types of symptoms that many rotator cuff sufferers have, they can include any of the following:

  1. limited range of motion of the arm and shoulder
  2. weakness and tenderness in the shoulder
  3. constant, dull shoulder pain when performing tasks where the arm is extended over head for a long period of time
  4. lack of mobility in the shoulder
  5. shoulder pain at night
  6. shoulder pain when sleeping on the affected side
  7. muscle fatigue and weakness when trying to raise your arm out in front of you or out to the side
  8. a cracking, grating or popping noise when the arm is moved or raised

If you can relate to ANY of the above symptoms, then you can be sure that you are suffering from a torn rotator cuff.

Here’s a fact that many people don’t know about the rotator cuff.  The rotator cuff in not just one muscle.  It’s actually made up of four muscles: the Supraspinatus, Subscapularis, Teres Minor and Infraspinatus.  A change in the length of any of these four muscles are injury to them can result in a torn rotator cuff.

So how do you best treat your rotator cuff injury?

It’s actually quite simple!  But before we get into that, I must issue a warning!  The biggest mistake that many rotator cuff sufferers make is taking the “wait-and-see” approach when it comes to treating their shoulder injury.  The problem is that the longer you wait for rotator cuff treatment, the worse your pain will get and the longer your recovery can take!

All it really takes to treat your rotator cuff injury are 4 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of home without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

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