What is a Rotator Cuff Injury?
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. It functions to stabilize the shoulder, lift and rotate the arm. A rotator cuff injury can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, that often interrupts your sleep, weakness in the arm and/or loss of range of motion.
Rotator cuff injuries may be the result of a traumatic injury, such as a fall, or progressive degeneration from repetitive overhead activities or heavy lifting. They range in severity from simple inflammation to partial or complete tears of the tendons. Levels of pain and function are also variable.
A physical assessment of your shoulder can help diagnose a rotator cuff injury. Many rotator cuff injuries improve with physiotherapy exercises to improve flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the shoulder, along with pain management techniques and activity modification. Complete tendon tears often require further care and/or a surgical consult. Without treatment, tendonitis, long-term stiffness, weakness or degeneration of the shoulder joint may occur.
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