The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the human body, so it’s no wonder that shoulder pain due to rotator cuff injuries is so common.
The rotator cuff consists of four muscles whose tendons come together to form a covering around the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) and top of the shoulder. It stabilizes your shoulder, enables you to “rotate” it, and makes it possible for you to lift your arm.
Over time, it undergoes tremendous wear and tear, which can be reversed or at least alleviated with physical therapy or surgery. Injuries also may lead to the need for rotator cuff repair.
Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotatory cuff injuries or wear-and-tear can be caused by a variety of issues. They include:
- Inflammation due to tendonitis or arthritis
- Repetitive use for work, athletic activities, games, or hobbies, such as playing baseball or playing the violin
- Sudden injury, such as those that may be caused by a fall
- Heavy lifting
If your pain is due to an injury, immediate self-care may help. Depending on the type of injury you experience and the advice of your physician, these include resting, applying ice to the area, and applying pressure to the area.
You should see a doctor immediately if you have significant swelling, deep pain, or can’t lift your arm.
Shoulder Pain Treatment Options
Treatment options include physical therapy, arthroscopic surgery, or open surgery.
Consult with your physician before beginning any type of exercise routine. Generally, however, physical therapy treatments may include stretching, pulling, or shoulder rotation exercises as appropriate. If your doctor recommends physical therapy, Insight offers comprehensive solutions at its Flint campus.
If a surgical procedure is recommended, Insight Surgical Hospital, located in Warren, specializes in minimally invasive surgeries for rotator cuff injuries and much more. For more information, see our website, call us, or message us online.