What is the Rotator Cuff?
The upper arm bone (the humerus) is connected to the shoulder by muscles and tendons. Four of these muscle-tendon groups form the rotator cuff, which controls rotation of the arm out away from the body and stabilizes the shoulder. The cuff part comes from the four tendons merging together to form a “cap” or “hood” around the head of the humerus. The head of this bone can be thought of as the ball in the ball-and-socket joint, which is your shoulder. This joint allows motion in a full circle, but this may be limited by tendinitis in the cuff.
What is Rotator Cuff Tendinitis?
Rotator cuff tendinitis is also called impingement, bursitis or biceps tendinitis. These are all different names for the same problem. They mean that there is pain and swelling of the cuff tendons and the surrounding bursa.
Symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis include:
- pain and swelling in the front of your shoulder and side of your arm
- pain triggered by raising or lowering your arm
- a clicking sound when raising your arm
- pain that causes you to wake from sleep
- pain when reaching behind your back
- a loss of mobility and strength in the affected arm
How can rotator cuff tendinitis be treated?
- avoid activities that cause pain
- apply cold packs to your shoulder 3 to 4 times per day
- Shockwave Therapy
- Cold Laser Therapy
- Physical Therapy
Contact the office today to see how we can help you with Rotator Cuff Issues!
**Don't forget until November 15th 2023, Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Lodder are offering a FREE 15-minute consultation to see if Shockwave therapy is right for your injury! Mention this post when you call to book to take advantage of this offer.**
#shockwavetherapy #lasertherapy #chiropractic #norfolkwellness #rotatorcufftendonitis