The rotator cuff is an important group of soft tissue and muscles that connects your arm to the rest of your body. More than this, these muscles and soft tissue must work in coordination to provide a full range of motion for your arm. Thanks to your rotator cuff, you can do things like reaching over your head, scratching your back, throwing a ball and swimming. That’s why life is so challenging when the rotator cuff is injured.
When it comes to treating rotator cuff injuries, physical therapy is often one of the most reliable options. Physical therapists can help strengthen and stretch the muscles and soft tissue in and around the rotator cuff to provide better support for the shoulder. Physical therapy treatments can help reduce pain, improve range of motion and prevent future pain.
Understanding how rotator cuff injuries happen
Rotator cuff injuries affect everyone differently. For example, a minor strain can cause pain in the rotator cuff. Or, one of the muscles, tendons or ligaments in the rotator cuff can be torn. Either way, the use of your rotator cuff is limited when these injuries occur.
The three main causes of these kinds of injuries include:
- Trauma — It’s possible to strain or tear one of the tissues in your rotator cuff due to an impact from a blunt object. This may occur in full contact sports, such as football, or in an automobile accident.
- Overuse — Overusing your shoulder is one of the most common reasons the rotator cuff gets injured. Repetitive motions, such as throwing a ball, swimming or swinging a tennis racquet can lead to inflammation in the rotator cuff. This is known as tendinitis, which is a painful condition that limits the range of motion of your shoulder.
- Aging — One condition that can develop as you grow older is rotator cuff tendinosis. This condition is the result of decreased blood flow reaching the rotator cuff, which inhibits the rotator cuff’s ability to heal under stressful conditions.
Visit Arrow Physical Therapy for rotator cuff treatment
No matter what causes your rotator cuff injury, you’ll want treatment from a health care professional if you want to reduce pain and regain the use of your shoulder. Contact our team today to learn more about rotator cuff treatment or to schedule an initial appointment.