Rotator Cuff Injuries

Overview
The rotator cuff muscles and tendons hold your
upper arm bone in your shoulder socket. A hard fall,
repetitive arm motions or problems with the
structure of your shoulder can injure the rotator cuff.


Trauma and Overuse
A sudden tear in the rotator cuff can be caused by a
traumatic fall, or by lifting a heavy weight
incorrectly. Tears can also develop gradually.
Repetitive arm motions – especially overhead
motions common in sports such as tennis and
baseball – can place great stress on your muscles
and tendons. Certain muscles may begin to
overpower others. This muscle imbalance can lead
to shoulder instability, which can result in a tear.


Impingement
In some shoulders, there is not enough space
between the rotator cuff and the acromion (a bony
projection of your shoulder blade). This lack of
space can be caused by a poorly-shaped acromion.
It can be caused by the growth of bone spurs, or by
swelling in the joint. Lifting the arm can cause the
acromion to pinch a rotator cuff tendon. This is
called shoulder impingement. Over time, it can lead
to rotator cuff tears.


Aging
Aging also raises your risk for a tear. As you age,
the blood supply to your shoulder begins to
decrease. Your shoulder has a more difficult time
repairing itself after minor injuries. Tendons and
muscles can gradually become damaged with the
normal stress of everyday use. This can allow tears
to happen more easily.


Symptoms
Rotator cuff injuries typically cause pain in your
shoulder, even when you are at rest. The pain
typically increases when you lift your arm. You may
hear a grinding or a popping sound when you move
your arm. Your arm may feel weak. If you have a
severe rotator cuff tear, you may not be able to lift
your arm at all.


Treatment
Treatment options depend on the severity of your
injury. Initially, you may benefit from rest and medications. Physical Therapy is an effective . If those methods are not effective, then an Interventional Pain Management Specialist needs to be involved in the care.

Watch the video description below

Dr. Ghalambor presenting an overview of Rotator Cuff Injuries

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