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  • Rotator Cuff Tears, or Tendinopathy 30 November 2018 | View comments

  • The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles which hold your arm to your shoulder blade. Despite their group name they do not cause much movement of the joint, rotation or otherwise; rather they stabilise and control the movement caused by other, larger muscles.

     

    These muscles are particularly prone to overuse or repetitive injuries, traumatic tearing, or impingement from other structures. It can be cause by any repetitive action of the shoulder, fall onto the shoulder, or simply the process of aging. Often, the pain associated with this condition is experienced as an ache in the shoulder that increases to a sharper pain or catching pain with certain activities. Occasionally, pain may also be experienced in the upper arm, shoulder blade, upper back or neck. Weakness or a feeling of instability for the shoulder or arm, is often a hallmark of this condition. The POLICE protocol for tissue healing should be applied; with ice massage and the optimisation of the tissue load (rest, massage, gradual strengthening) being particularly useful forms of treatment for these conditions; whilst unresponsive cases may require steroid injections or even surgery.

     

    You can find out more here:

    www.physioadvisor.com.au/injuries/shoulder/rotator-cuff-tear

    www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/shoulder-pain/rotator-cuff-strain

    www.physio-pedia.com/Calcific_Tendinopathy_of_the_Shoulder

    Right shoulder from the front

    Testing for a possible rotator cuff tear

    At Back In Action we also offer free consultations. This will take about 10-15 minutes where we can talk in general terms about your condition, and see if we can point you in the right direction for treatment. Whether that is with ourselves, someone else, or on your own at home. Call today to schedule your free no obligation consultation.

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