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Your shoulders are one of the most mobile joints of your body, but this mobility comes with a cost. They are prone to injury due to this flexibility.
One of the most common shoulder complaints is rotator cuff injuries. Your rotator cuff muscles function around the shoulder and the shoulder blade. Four muscles make up the shoulder cuff: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. All four of these muscles need to be working together for your shoulder to function appropriately. There are two major rotator cuff injuries – rotator cuff strain and rotator cuff tendonitis.
Any activity that requires you to lift your arms up high above your head may cause injury. Rotator cuff injuries can occur from over-exertion or a large sudden force.
Common symptoms of a rotator cuff injury can include:
If the rotator cuff injury is left untreated for a long period of time, the injury may progress. The injury may become severe and you may lose much of the shoulder’s mobility.
A Chiropractor can assess and may be able to help greatly with rotator cuff injuries. The Chiropractor will work on realigning the affected joint/s with Chiropractic adjustments. They will also go through exercises that will be customised for the specific issue to increase flexibility, movement and strength.
Prevention is key. Some tips to prevent rotator cuff injuries include:
A Chiropractor may refer you onward if the condition has an underlying cause that cannot be treated by a Chiropractor or if the condition requires assistance from another health practitioner.
Rotator cuff injuries are very common and can be debilitating. It is important to know what can be done to help with the condition and prevention is key. Consider a Chiropractor if you feel like your shoulders are not positioned correctly or if there is shoulder pain present.