Rotator Cuff Issues

Rotator Cuff Issues

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What are Rotator Cuff Issues?

According to the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation,  the Rotator Cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach to the bones of the shoulder joint, allowing the shoulder to move and keeping it stable. Common issues may include Rotator Cuff tendinitis , or irritation of the tendons and inflammation of the bursa lining the tendons; and, Rotator Cuff tears, which can occur when one of the tendons is separated from the bone from overuse or injury.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Issues:

The most common symptoms associated with an injured Rotator Cuff include: sharp pain in the front of the shoulder that radiates down the front of the arm; pain may present with overhead motions initially, but degenerate to be painful in general, regardless of activity; stiffness and loss of motion; thinning of the shoulder muscles; crackling sensations; and, weakness.

Who’s at Risk for Rotator Cuff Issues?

Individuals who are aging, suffer from osteoarthritis or have suffered trauma to the shoulder joint are at risk for developing rotator cuff issues.

Prevention:

Take care to avoid damaging, repetitive motions that stress the shoulder joint, such as sports and various kinds of physical labor.

Treatment Options:

Please speak to Dr. Strong to see how Rotator Cuff treatment could benefit you. We would be happy to discuss alternatives and customize a treatment plan that helps you heal fast.