How to Mend Your Rotator Cuff Injury
The rotator cuff consists of 4 small muscles situated close to the ball and socket joint of your shoulder (Glenohumeral joint). These muscles are connected individually to a group of flat tendons, which combine together and surround the front, back, and top of the shoulder joint like a cuff on a shirt. Individuals often injure one particular muscle and/or tendon of their rotator cuff (the most common diagnosis being Supraspinatus Tendonitis).
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The shoulder is primarily composed of three bones: the humerus (upper arm), the scapula (shoulder blade) and the clavicle (collarbone). The shoulder joint is the largest ball-and-socket joint in the body, with the humerus fitting into a cavity in the
The Muscles of Your Rotator Cuff
What Muscles are a Part of Your Rotator Cuff & How Do They Work?
This muscle is the uppermost portion of the rotator cuff and permits lateral movement away from the midline of the body, allowing you to move your upper arm up the side and away from you. When your arm is raised in a forward position, this tendon and supporting bursa can be pinched which causes them to become inflamed and swollen.
This muscle is the internal, medial rotator that is located at the front of your shoulder and allows you to move your upper arm inward and toward the center of your body.
Infraspinatus & Teres Major
Each muscle respectively is an external, lateral rotator that is located at the back of the shoulder. The Infraspinatus and Teres Major each maintain dynamic joint stability and allow you to move your upper arm outward and away from the center of your body.
Rotator cuff injuries may occur due to an acute trauma of some sort, or from a repetitive overhead motion (which often occurs due to sporting activities, work tasks or daily chores).
What Symptoms Should You Expect?
You may experience pain immediately after a shoulder injury and it is not unusual for individuals with a rotator cuff injury to have recurring inflammation and swelling. You may feel pain on top of and in front of your shoulder, which will radiate down the outside of your upper arm (the deltoid area). This pain will intensify when you do activities that require overhead or forward reaching movements. Individuals also experience more pain at night, especially while lying on the affected shoulder. Of course the amount of pain you experience will depend on the severity of your injury. Over time you will notice a loss of mobility and/or decrease in range of motion due to your rotator cuff injury. You may also experience "crepitus" - clicking, grating, crackling or popping sounds from your shoulder joint when you move your upper arm around.
There are also different symptoms that occur depending on the type of rotator cuff injury that you have:
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis or Bursitis
You will generally experience some of the aforementioned symptoms, as well as red, sore, and swollen tendons or bursa. There will be a gradual onset of pain, which will flare up when you move your shoulder in any way (especially overhead or to the side). The pain will originate from deep inside of your shoulder and you may hear a mild popping or crackling in your shoulder joint (this specifically indicates rotator cuff bursitis).
Rotator Cuff Instability
You may feel your arm slipping in and out of your shoulder socket, or you may experience a "dead arm' feeling when you raise your arm over your head or move it away from your body. If you have dislocated your shoulder, your arm bone will slip or be forced out of the socket, resulting in immediate inflammation, loss of mobility and a possible tear of your tendon(s). If this occurs, seek medical attention immediately.
Rotator Cuff Strain or Tear
Your pain may be targeted in a few specific areas, especially when you lift your arm overhead or away from your body.
Acute Rotator Cuff Tear
This occurs due to a traumatic injury and will result in a sharp and sudden pain, snapping sensation and an immediate weakness in your arm. This sharp pain will usually last for a few days, however other symptoms may last indefinitely. Your range of motion will decrease immediately as a result of muscle spasm, bleeding or pain.
Chronic Rotator Cuff Tear
This will typically occur on your dominant side and you may notice that your shoulder muscles will weaken and atrophy (decrease in muscle mass). The stiffness and pain in your shoulder will get worse over time and your range of motion will also decrease until you are unable to lift your arm out to the side or over your head.
Easy At-Home Treatments to Avoid Surgery
What Treatments are Available to Mend Your Rotator Cuff Injury?
Without a course of treatment your rotator cuff tear could lead to severe Tendinitis or Bursitis. It is important that you receive the treatment you need in order to prevent re-injury.
As soon as your shoulder is injured your body triggers natural events that isolate damaged tissue and prepare it for healing. The main symptoms you will immediately feel after injury - the swelling, redness (rubor), heat (calor), pain (dolor), and loss of function - are really just signs that your body is starting to heal.
Unfortunately when your rotator cuff is swollen and inflamed the damaged tissue is blocking vital blood flow from coming into to continue the natural healing process. When your blood flow is blocked, the other healthy tissue in your shoulder is starved of oxygen, nutrients and antibodies needed for your healthy tissue to thrive and for your injured meniscus to heal. This is why it's never good to let a new injury stay untreated for too long.
Using cold compression immediately following a rotator cuff tear, re-injury, or surgery reduces pain and swelling and reduces the tissue damage that occurs with shoulder injuries.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy
What can be done for your shoulder when the swelling is gone, but the pain is still there? Once the swelling is gone your shoulder is starving for the naturally occurring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy available in our blood. Blood flow is like the life force of our bodies, and the healing process really takes off only when your shoulder receives proper blood flow.
If you want to heal quickly you need to keep your blood flow moving constantly, but you also need to make sure your shoulder is actively getting rid of cellular waste and toxins. This is where BFST® comes in, but what exactly is BFST® and how can it help to accelerate healing?
BFST® is exactly what it seems - it's a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your rotator cuff without the need to exercise your already damaged tissue.
Think about your injured shoulder as if it is a sponge that has dried out. Your rotator cuff tear is waiting there ready to absorb all of the benefits of increased blood flow but your body is unable to keep up with the demand of what your shoulder needs. BFST® boosts your body's natural blood flow, delivering oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy directly to the source of your pain. Once you start receiving all of the benefits BFST® has to offer your injured shoulder becomes like a sponge that now has enough blood flow within reach to soak up everything good that is in your blood flow. Increased blood flow through BFST® also acts as a cleanser for your tissue, whisking away all toxins and cellular waste.
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When is Surgery an Option & What Surgical Prodcedures Mend Rotator Cuff Injuries?
A rotator cuff tear cannot heal completely without surgery; however satisfactory function can often be achieved without an operation. If you continue to experience pain, swelling or inflammation after administering the abovementioned treatments, you may require a surgery. The type of surgery that you require will depend on the size, shape and location of your injury. An orthopedic surgeon will determine which surgery is most suited for your condition.
This surgery involves inserting a small fiber optic camera into tiny incisions around your shoulder joint. The surgeon will then be able to investigate all of the soft tissues and bones inside of your joint. This will allow the surgeon to make a diagnosis and perform the repair immediately. Repairs will be made by removing dead, damaged, or infected tissue or shaving/removal of bone spurs and fragments that can catch when you rotate your arm.
Traditional Open Repair
This surgery is often preferred if you have a complex or full thickness rotator cuff tear. The surgeon will use sutures to help attach the tendon back to the tissue or bone.
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