A Rotator Cuff injury is a common source of shoulder pain, especially in individuals over the age of 40. It can be incredibly frustrating for young athletes who want to get back to playing sports, or older adults who need to work to provide for their families. The pain from this injury can stop you in your tracks as you combat pain and inflammation. 

What is a Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons surrounding your shoulder joints. They play an important role in your shoulder’s movement and stability. 

Rotator Cuff Injury Symptoms

When you injure your rotator cuff you may experience a dull ache in your shoulder that can intensify when you move your arm further away from your body. Some people with this injury also report sleep disturbances, limited reach, and arm weakness. The intensity of symptoms will vary depending on the degree of injury and the cause.. If you tear any of your rotator cuff muscles due to a fall you are more likely to experience sharp and acute pain. Elderly people are more likely to experience a gradual increase in pain levels due to the degenerative nature of the condition.

Who Injures Their Rotator Cuff?

This injury can affect anyone of any age. However, it is more common for people to experience it as they get older, due to the natural degeneration of tendon tissue. It is also a common injury among people that repeatedly perform overhead motions, because they can irritate and inflame the tendons. Window washers, warehouse workers, swimmers, tennis and baseball players are all at high risk for this injury, because they make repeated overhead movements over an extended period of time.

It is also possible to tear your rotator cuff with a single substantial injury, which is common among athletes. An injury can result from a direct blow to the shoulder, having your arm jerked, or falling on an outstretched arm. 

Treatment Options

The chiropractors at Neurolink Chiropractic offer a variety of non-invasive treatments to help you recover from your injury. Some common treatment options are:

  • Electrostimulation Therapy is a painless therapy that utilizes electrical impulses to stimulate your muscles in order to help decrease spasm, decrease inflammation and to influence circulation to promote tissue healing. 
  • Deep Tissue Laser Therapy utilizes infrared light  to stimulate the cells to increase cellular metabolism to improve healing. It also assists in decreasing inflammation and pain
  • Spinal Manipulation helps restore normal motion to areas of the spine that are restricted in their movement. . 
  • Shoulder Adjustments may be necessary to restore complete functionality and range of motion to the shoulder joint itself.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy involves soft tissue mobilization (superficial and deep)  to work through scar tissue,  enhances healing, promotes flexibility,  and improves shoulder range of motion.  

Neurolink Chiropractic

The chiropractors at Neurolink Chiropractic offer safe, effective and non-invasive treatments for your shoulder pain. Each plan is customized to specifically fit your needs, provide you with quality care and pain relief. Our goal is to identify and treat the underlying problem, educate you on your recovery while managing your pain so you can return to your normal life and activities you enjoy with full mobility and no pain.