Symptoms

Pain at the top and front of the shoulder and outside of arm

  • Pain with overhead activities like combing the hair
  • Shoulder pain that awakens you from sleep
  • Difficulty raising the arm overhead
  • Difficulty clasping a bra or reaching behind the back
  • Weakness with the abovementioned motions
  • Difficulty sleeping on the affected shoulder
  • Neck pain
  • Pain sometimes may be worse on the sides of the forehead; be on only one side of the forehead; be severe or dull; and commonly lasts 6 to 48 hours

Definition

The rotator cuff is actually a group of four muscles and their tendons that wraps around the front, back, and top of the shoulder joint. Together the rotator cuff muscles help guide the shoulder through many motions, and also lend stability to the joint. Since the shoulder has a large range of motion, it is also very stressful on the muscles and tendons that support it. Therefore, a rotator cuff injury is fairly common in the middle age and above age groups. This usually is a tear or fraying of the tendons that attach the muscles to the bones and it usually occurs one of two ways:

Repetitive Motions
The most common type, this injury comes from consistent use and motion in the shoulder over time. The wear and tear from these actions slowly causes small injuries to the shoulder and rotator cuff that eventually build up to a larger problem.

Traumatic
Less common, but falls and impacts to the shoulder can also cause a Rotator Cuff Injury.

Treatment

Dr. Wright is a chiropractic extremity specialist and can utilize many non-surgical, conservative treatments focused on reducing pain and improving flexibility and function. To see if chiropractic may be able to help you, call 817-594-5944 today for a complimentary consultation!

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