The shoulder is a complex structure. There are many moving parts and muscle groups which make up the shoulder joint, including the “rotator cuff”. The term “rotator cuff” is actually misleading. It isn’t one specific part of the shoulder, but a group of four muscles that work together to provide stability to your joint. Although injuries are common in aging people, athletes and laborers are highly affected. Left untreated this injury can cause severe pain and minimize your ability to lift or throw.
Classifying A Rotator Cuff Tear
The “rotator cuff” consists of 4 shoulder muscles and their tendons which are fibers which link muscles to bones. When put under strain from lifting or repetitive movements (such as throwing) tissue damage can occur. Depending on the level of severity, the tear can be “full-thickness” or “partial-thickness”. The main difference between the two is self-explanatory. Partial thickness injury does not extend through an entire portion of the joint, while Full-thickness does. Depending on the tear, conditions can be acute or chronic – meaning that the pain is either temporary or a long term. Acute conditions develop from trauma while chronic conditions are the result of repetitive actions.
Rotator Cuff Injury Symptoms
In the medical industry, every case is different. That is why the symptoms of rotator cuff injuries vary. The most obvious signs are pain over the top of the shoulder or down the outside of the arm, shoulder weakness and loss of shoulder motion. In addition to this, the injured arm might feel heavy, weak, and painful. If raising your arm, reaching up, or pulling out your wallet hurts, you might be suffering from a rotator cuff injury.
The human body is very resilient to injury but unfortunately injuries do happen. If you are feeling any discomfort or hurt at all contact us today and we would be more than happy to help you. No matter what the injury may be, it is important not only to get a professional opinion but to also rest and rehab properly. At Long Island Physical Solutions we will work with you to decrease pain and help you on your way to recovery.