Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The Okotoks Dawgs baseball team have sprung into action, baseball season is here at last!

The upcoming season is sure to be action packed and exciting, and hopefully injury free for all athletes.

Unfortunately, research shows that overhead athletes are at risk for rotator cuff injuries at a rate of about 20%. Even in the general population, the rotator cuff is at risk of degeneration injuries, with about a 60% rate of abnormality in of those over 80 years of age.

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles in the shoulder: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. These four muscles assist in rotating, elevation and stabilizing the gleno-humeral joint. During daily life and especially with overhead activities like throwing, the rotator cuff is placed under a large amount of mechanical stress which can lead to injury. Research has shown that an exercise program of strengthening and stabilization training for the shoulder is effective in relieving pain and restoring function in those experiencing rotator cuff injuries.

If you are in the sadly large percent of the population experiencing pain in your shoulders, Summit Sport Physiotherapy is here to help.