What Is Shoulder Pain Due To Rotator Cuff Injury?

Rotator cuff injury is the damage to the rotator cuff. This condition is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain.

What Are The Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injury?

Rotator cuff injury signs and symptoms may include:

  • Pain and tenderness in your shoulder, especially when reaching overhead, reaching behind your back, lifting, pulling or sleeping on the affected side
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Loss of shoulder range of motion
  • Inclination to keep your shoulder inactive
  • Muscle weakness

What Are The Causes of Shoulder Pain due to Rotator Cuff Injury?

  • Age. As you get older, your risk of a rotator cuff injury increases. Rotator cuff tears are most common in people older than 40.
  • Being an athlete. Athletes who regularly use repetitive motions, such as baseball pitchers, archers and tennis players, have a greater risk of having a rotator cuff injury.
  • Working in the construction trades. Carpenters and painters, who also use repetitive motions, have an increased risk of injury.
  • Having poor posture. A forward-shoulder posture can cause a muscle or tendon to become irritated and inflamed when you throw or perform overhead activities.
  • Having weak shoulder muscles. This risk factor can be decreased or eliminated with shoulder-strengthening exercises, especially for the less commonly strengthened muscles on the back of the shoulder and around the shoulder blades.

How Is Shoulder Pain Due To Rotator Cuff Injury Diagnosed?

  • Diagnosis is done through understanding the patient’s history of activities and symptoms of pain in the shoulder.
  • Plain x-rays are also done to exclude bony injuries.
  • The MRI scan is the best to delineate the tissues of the shoulder.
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Shoulder Pain due to rotator Cuff Injury – TORN

What Are The Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injury?

Treatment of rotator cuff injury depends on the severity of the injury to the tendons of the rotator cuff and the underlying condition of the patient.

  • Mild rotator cuff disease is treated with ice, rest, anti-inflammatory medications, physiotherapy, injections,  shockwave therapy.
  • More severe rotator cuff injuries require surgical repair.

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