What Causes Rotator Cuff Pain?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone securely within the socket of the shoulder, while allowing the shoulder joint to move along a number of different planes. Pain associated with rotator cuff injuries is commonly described as a dull ache, deep within the shoulder, but can take many forms depending on the location and severity of the injury. Common symptoms of rotator cuff injuries include a pain or tenderness when reaching overhead, difficulty reaching behind the back or out to the side, and a progressive weakness of the shoulder, specific to the affected muscles.

Causes Of The Symptoms:
Who Experiences These Symptoms & How Does It Impact Their Lives?

Rotator cuff pain can result from a single and sudden mechanism of injury, usually straining or tearing the muscle or tendon to varying degrees; however, it is more commonly the result of overuse and progressive degradation or wear and tear of tendon and muscle tissue. Acute or sudden injuries to the rotator cuff can be caused by lifting objects that are too heavy, falling on the shoulder or arm, or having the shoulder forced into an awkward position. Alternatively, chronic or degenerative injuries are due to long-term overuse. Individuals most at risk for this type of injury are those who engage in activities requiring repeated overhead motions, lifting, and use of the arm away from the center of the body for prolonged periods of time. Risk of rotator cuff injuries also increases with age and inactivity. Pain associated with rotator cuff injuries can disturb sleep and make it difficult to lift your arms and reach behind your back, often limiting your ability to perform routine activities throughout your daily life.

Effective NW Calgary Rotator Cuff Pain Treatment
  • Active Release Technique
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Cold Laser Therapy
  • Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse
  • Graston Technique
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Biomechanical Analysis
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