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Rotator Cuff Injuries

ro_c_tea           Author Joe Antouri PROPTA            December 14, 2016              images

You woke up to a sunny day energized your body with a cup of coffee and steel cut oatmeal, threw on your tennis clothes ready to bring home a win. It’s 4-2 in the first set your serving feeling confident and boom. You hear a snap and are in severe pain unable to move your  arm. What just happened? Most likely you injured or tore your rotator cuff.

What Is The Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons and muscles; The five rotator cuff muscles include the teres major, supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. These muscles converge around the shoulder joint at the top of the humerus, the upper arm bone above the elbow. Together, they form a cuff that holds your arm in place and allows it to move in different directions. While your shoulder is one of your most mobile joints, it’s also somewhat weak. PROPTA Trainers instructs clients as to the proper way to strengthen and stretch these muscles to reduce the chance of injury. It is crucial to work with a trained professional prior to initiating a workout routine.

Rotator cuff tendons can become inflamed from frequent use or aging. Sometimes they are injured from a fall on an outstretched hand. Sports or jobs with repeated overhead motion can also injure the rotator cuff.

Some tears are not painful, but others can be very painful. Treatment for an injured rotator cuff depends on age, health, how severe the injury is, and how long you’ve had the torn rotator cuff. Some people are unaware that they have severely injured their rotator cuff and continue with their daily activities even while in pain. The first thing you should do if you feel pain in the shoulder area is to stop exercising, begin icing and call your doctor. By avoiding the injury to your rotator cuff a small injury can become a long term severe and painful recovery.

Your physician may prescribe medication, place your shoulder in a sling, hot/cold therapy. cortisone of in the worst case surgery. Physical therapy and range-of-motion exercises may be helpful in maintaining shoulder function and strength.



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