Rotator Cuff Injuries

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Rotator cuff injuries are common among athletes, but the rest of us are not immune. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, controlling movement of the shoulder. Rotator cuff injuries can be painful and prevent you from raising your arm overhead.

You can injure the rotator cuff by using your arm to cushion a fall, or by lifting something too heavy. The majority of injuries are caused by degeneration of the tendon. These muscles are put under a great deal of strain, especially in sports like baseball, tennis or swimming where your arm is above your head a lot.

The biggest indicator of a rotator cuff injury is shoulder pain. A sudden sharp pain would indicate a possible tear of a tendon. A gradual onset of pain is more likely to be from inflammation. Most rotator cuff problems are treated by rest, putting ice on the shoulder and taking anti-inflammatory medication.

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair damage within the shoulder. Physical therapy can help restore range-of-motion and rebuild strength and stability in the shoulder.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.