Rotator Cuff Tears
Rotator cuff tears are a common shoulder injury causing pain and disability among athletes both young and old. The shoulder is made up of 3 bones. The humerus or upper arm, the scapula or shoulder blade and the clavicle or collarbone. The shoulder is held together by a ligaments, tendons and muscles that allow the shoulder to rotate.
The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles that come together as tendons that encircle the head of the humerus. When any of the rotator cuff tendons is torn, the tendon no longer fully attaches to the head of the humerus. This can occur in an acute injury or fall, but also can be due to medical conditions (arthritis and diabetes) or old age.
The symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include muscle spasms around the shoulder area, pain and restricted movement around the shoulder joint. Treatment for rotator cuff injuries depends on the severity of the injury. Mild injuries require rest and anti inflammatory medication, while more severe types require surgical repair.
Following surgery, immobilization can be achieved with a shoulder brace immobilizer. These immobilizers can hold the shoulder and arm in a specific angle to allow the shoulder to heal properly. Shoulder slings are also available to prevent further injury and to protect the shoulder from re-injury.
The most common tears occur in the supraspinatus muscle and tendon, but other parts of the rotator cuff can also be involved. If you have a rotator cuff tear and you keep using it despite the increased pain, you may cause further damage, and in most cases, a rotator cuff tear will only get worse over time.
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