A rotator cuff injury is a common cause of shoulder pain among adults. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. It helps to keep the ball (head) of your upper-arm bone in your shoulder socket and it also play important roles in raising and rotating your arms.
The rotator cuff comprised of four muscles namely Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis.
Supraspinatus holds arms in place and keeps the upper arms stable. It also helps to lift the arms.
Infraspinatus is the main muscle that lets you rotate and extend your shoulder.
Teres Minor is the smallest muscle among the four. Its main job is to assist with the rotation of the arm away from the body.
Subscapularis hold upper arm bones to the shoulder blades and helps to rotate the arm, hold it straight out and lower it.
Injuries to the rotator cuff muscles occur when tendons or muscles tissues of those muscles are irritated or damaged.
Rotator cuff is somehow related to wear and tear activities or repetitive activities that cause the muscles and tendons to overuse and work under strain condition for a long period. Athletic activities such as swimming, throwing, and racquet sports are culprits in rotator cuff injury.
Other than that, chronic and untreated shoulder joint malposition predispose rotator cuffs to injury. If left untreated, the shoulder will gradually become instable and prone to other injury as well as dislocation of the shoulder joints.
You will feel tenderness around your shoulder joint when lifting the arm from the side of the body and become worse when lifting is between 60 – 120 degrees of abduction.
Other than that, you will feel numbness and weakness around the rotator cuff muscles when applying resistance force.
In some case, it will be difficult to perform daily activities such as lifting goods or reaching out for some goods on top shelf.
Regardless of any injury, the best approach is to treat them with non-surgical and non-invasive method. One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre practices the best non-operative treatment for rotator cuff injury. Visit our clinic today to find out the best rotator cuff treatment in Malaysia.
Basic home treatment such as rest and ice will temporary relieve your pain however since the muscles are injured, the shoulder movement pattern and muscle memory system will all be disrupted causing future instability leading to occurrence of injury again.
In One Spine, we first practice to reduce your pain and treat the root causes. Increase blood flow and decrease inflammation is our first aim to heal your shoulder pain follow by reintroduction of physical therapy of shoulder joints in order to regain back the normal shoulder movement and strengthen the injured muscles for stability.
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