What’s a Rotator Cuff?
The rotator cuff is a grouping of muscles and tendons that secures the head of your arm bone into your shoulder socket. It is a complex area, and there are several ways it can be injured.
PAIN MANAGEMENT TREATMENTS FOR ROTATOR CUFF INJURIES INCLUDE:
How does a Rotator Cuff tear?
The tendons can tear if you strain them, or use your arm to break a fall. They can also become inflamed due to heavy lifting, sports, or repetitive arm movement. Painting, carpentry, swimming, playing tennis, and pitching a baseball are common examples, and any other activities that bring the arm up over the head.
What’s Rotator Cuff Impingement Syndrome?
Impingement syndrome, also known as thrower’s shoulder, is an inflammation caused by the bones of the shoulder impressing on the tendons or bursa. Over time, bone spurs and ligament thickening may make symptoms worse, and make the injury more complicated to treat.
What does it feel like to have Rotator Cuff injury? Rotator Cuff injury symptoms include:
- Deep, dull, aching pain in the shoulder.
- Pain when sleeping on the side of the injured shoulder.
- Limited range of motion.
- Weakness in the arm.
- Cracking sensation with movement.
- Difficulty performing daily tasks, like brushing hair or reaching behind your back.
Symptoms can range in severity from mild, to moderate, to severe. A mild injury may only hurt when moving the shoulder. A moderate injury will cause pain during activity and at night while resting. Continuous pain is a sign of a severe injury that should be treated right away.
Rotator Cuff Injury Treatments
Many patients can make a full recovery with just physical therapy. Physical therapy rotator cuff injury exerciseses improve flexibility and mobility, and strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.
If conservative treatments don’t work, you may need more advanced care. Nuvo Spine offers cutting-edge techniques that use living biological tissue to enhance your body’s own regenerative powers.
Rotator cuff physical therapy
Cortisone injections for rotator cuff injury
Rotator cuff stem cell therapy treatment. This is where we put growth factors and anti-inflammatory proteins from bone marrow to work, repairing damaged tissue.
Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections. PRP is a high concentration of white blood cells stimulate the body’s natural immune response, mobilizing stem cells to the injured area.
A2M (Alpha-2-Macroglobulin) Injection
More severe injuries may require surgery. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, make an appointment online or call us at (888) 370-9354 today. Our award-winning pain management specialist will assess the extent of your damage and make a recommendation based on your individual circumstances.