What Causes Rotator Cuff Injuries?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that cover the head of the humerus and hold it in the shoulder socket. When rotator cuff tendons become damaged, the shoulder can become stiff, sore or lose mobility. Injuries are often caused by direct damage, such as a traumatic fall or repetitive overhead motions. It can also develop because of indirect causes such as impingement or shoulder imbalance.

If you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, we encourage you to contact our office today. Our doctor is board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, giving him a strong foundation from which to craft effective treatment plans from. He understands the intricacies of different conditions and injuries and can being to work with you to create an innovative plan for pain management and relief.

Identifying a Rotator Cuff Injury

Many people can experience a rotator cuff injury due to heavy lifting, sports, or even simple repetitive stress. If you use your arm to break a fall, you could cause a bruise or tear of one of your rotator cuff muscles or tendons. As a person ages, a bone spur may grow, causing even more irritation and damage to their tendon.

Here are some common signs to look out for:

  • Deep aching in the shoulder
  • Difficulty sleeping due to shoulder
  • Challenging completely daily tasks, such as combing hair or lifting boxes
  • Overall arm weakness
  • Cracking sensation whenever moving the injured shoulder

You may only have minor damage to your rotator cuff if you only notice pain when you are active. However, if you notice pain both during and after activity or at night when lying on your shoulder, you probably have more moderate damage. If the pain is continuous, you likely have severe damage and should not hesitate to pursue treatment.

Even still, pain may not always be related to the amount of damage, so if you believe you have injured your rotator cuff or shoulder in any way, seek medical advice.

How Do You Treat Rotator Cuff Injuries?

Many people recover from a rotator cuff injury with physical therapy exercises that improve flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. Severe rotator cuff injuries, involving complete tears of the muscle or tendon, may require surgical repair. Dr. Vahedifar’s new innovative procedures such as PRP Injections and Stem Cell Therapy aid in pain relief without surgery. Although, there are instances that surgery is required, the experts at Nuvo Spine are here to try the conservative treatments first! We believe that this is the best approach, a surgery is not always the best and most effective option.

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