Shoulder/Rotator Cuff Injuries
The shoulder isn’t just the single ball and socket joint you may think of. It’s actually made up of several joints that have to work well together to have a healthy pain free shoulder. When things go wrong, the rotator cuff takes most of the abuse, eventually tearing and causing more pain and restricted motion. The rotator cuff is made of four muscles that surround the joint and give it stability when lifting overhead. If the rotator cuff is weak and can’t do its job the shoulder will move out of position during reaching and lifting, and cause a pinching sensation in the shoulder.
Often, pain from the shoulder is referred into the biceps region. We love to treat shoulder problems early to prevent tears from occurring. Research demonstrates that even with an existing tear in one of the four rotator cuff muscles, a patient can fully recover regarding shoulder motion and functional use of the arm.