Rotator cuff injuries are among the worst type of shoulder injuries. At my San Diego Chiropractic Center we diagnose and treat rotator cuff injuries on a regular basis.
The rotator cuff muscle group is responsible for coordinating rotational movements of the shoulder – especially for activities like throwing a ball – hence the name; rotator cuff.
This group of shoulder muscles is made up of the following as listed below:
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Common Rotator Cuff Injuries
The most frequently injured / torn rotator cuff muscle is the supraspinatus. This muscle is about the size of your index finger and has a tendon that is about as long as the muscle itself. This muscle can be injured through trauma related to sports, work and automobile accident injuries. It can also atrophy and tear from being under used – this under use also known as “senile degeneration” is often found in older or sedentary patients.
Rotator cuff injuries must be taken seriously. If left untreated they can not only cause chronic shoulder pain and disability but they can also lead to neck pain / stiffness and pain between your shoulder blades. While pain is a motivation for most patients to seek care, the resulting disability can restrict a host of activities of daily living ranging from loss of ability to perform work duties to being unable to throw a ball and in many cases making getting a decent night sleep impossible and should be of great concern as well.
Rotator cuff injuries aren’t the only source of shoulder pain but they are one of the more serious causes of shoulder pain. If you suspect that you have injured your shoulder and need professional help please feel free to contact us – we would be happy to help diagnose and treat the source of your shoulder pain.