The rotator cuff is made up of 4 tendons and muscles in your shoulder joint that keep your humerus (upper arm bone) in your shoulder socket. The tendons can become irritated or torn, leading to a rotator cuff injury. These are most common in those who perform repetitive motions like heavy lifting or using their arms overhead on a regular basis.
If you have a rotator cuff injury, the pain might:
There are three different types of rotator cuff injuries, and each type can range from mild to severe. The types of rotator cuff injuries include:
Rotators cuff injuries can be caused by either a sudden injury, like a car accident, or a repetitive motion injury that leads to gradual degeneration of the tendons.
Anybody can suffer from a rotator cuff injury, but people who are at higher risk include those who:
Left untreated, a rotator cuff injury can lead to permanent weakness or loss of motion, and the shoulder joint may continue to worsen over time. A little bit of rest for a sore joint is good, but resting your injured shoulder too much can result in a frozen shoulder, where the connective tissue around the joint may become tight and thickened.
A doctor can often diagnose a rotator cuff injury based on a physical exam, although your doctor may also perform additional tests such as:
Treatment for rotator cuff injuries may vary depending on the type and severity of your injury. Potential treatments may include:
Chiropractors have a wide variety of treatment options available to help relieve pain and improve your range of motion. Chiropractic treatment for a rotator cuff injury may include:
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