Rotator Cuff Sprains And Rotator Cuff Strains

The shoulder is an important junction in the body that contains the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is comprised of tendons and four muscles (teres minor, subscapularis, supraspinatus and the infraspinatus). Together they provide strength and stability for the shoulder joint as well as anchoring the scapula (shoulder blade) to the humerus (upper arm bone) in order for arm movements to occur in a smooth manner.

Shoulder pain generally occurs due to injury to the rotator cuff tendons that results from weakness, poor posture, trauma, or overuse. The rotator cuff becomes inflamed or irritated when pinching occurs between the humeral head (ball portion) of the shoulder joint and the acromion (roof area of the shoulder).

A sprain is an injury that involves the tearing or stretching of a ligament or joint capsule. Strains occur when a musculo-tendinous structure (muscle and tendon) tears or stretches. A rotator cuff sprain or strain can cause major discomfort and Chiro-Med Rehab Centre in Richmond Hill has professional physiotherapists and chiropractors that can help you restore maximum movement and functioning before the injury worsens.

Rotator Cuff Sprain / Strain Symptoms

The symptom list is not too lengthy for a rotator cuff sprain or rotator cuff strain. If you are experiencing a limited range of motion then this is a warning sign. Shoulder pain can indicate that a sprain or strain is a possibility as well as experiencing shoulder weakness in the muscles. Difficulty lifting over your head or even brushing your hair is another tell-tale sign that something is wrong and medical attention is required.

Sleeping may be affected when you have a rotator cuff sprain or rotator cuff strain. Rolling onto the injury can cause pain and even make the sprain or strain worse.

When you have any discomfort in the shoulder that lasts more than a day or two then it's advisable to get it seen to before it gets worse.

Rotator Cuff Sprain / Strain Treatment

Richmond Hill physiotherapy, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, exercise and rehabilitation therapies are comprehensive and no two patients are viewed as being the same.

Chiro-Med Rehab Centre in Richmond Hill will assess your injury or area of complaint and prescribe specific exercises (with pictures and explanations) that can be completed at the clinic and at home to expedite healing, increase flexibility, improve strength, and most importantly to prevent re-injury.

There are other treatment options to compliment in office therapy that include rest. Taking a break from activities that affect the rotator cuff is important; as well as applying ice to the injured area to help reduce inflammation.

Stretching and strengthening the shoulder muscles is one method that Chiro-Med Rehab Centre physiotherapists will work on with you when symptoms are less acute. Professional registered massage therapy is another method to restore function to the shoulder. You can be rest assured that you are in professional hands at Chiro-Med Rehab Centre in Richmond Hill. A rotator cuff sprain or a rotator cuff strain can really affect your day-to-day living and we will ensure that you'll have professional support and assistance until you are fully recovered.

March 10, 2014

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