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What are rotator cuff injuries?
Rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common types of shoulder injury. The rotator cuff is the name given to a group of four muscles and their tendons, which form a supportive cuff around the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff injuries refer to irritation, …
What are the symptoms of rotator cuff injuries?
Rotator cuff disorders usually result in weakness and pain, especially when attempting to lift your arm or reach over your head. The level of pain and weakness may depend on the type and severity of your injury. Sometimes, small or partial …
What causes rotator cuff injuries?
Rotator cuff injuries are very common. Tears are often due to a sudden, jarring movement, or repeated use of a tendon. Overuse of your tendons, through repetitive actions or blunt impact, are the most common causes. Inflammation and restriction in …
Who gets rotator cuff injuries?
You are at greater risk of rotator cuff injury if you: are over 40 years of age; have poor posture or weak shoulder muscles; do repetitive overhead movements, such as painting ceilings, playing tennis or bowling a cricket ball; play high-impact sports, which …
How is a rotator cuff injury diagnosed?
To diagnose a rotator cuff injury, your doctor will take your medical history and ask you to perform gentle arm movements, to assess your tendons. This is often enough to make a diagnosis. Imaging tests such as MRI, ultrasound and X-ray are only …
How are rotator cuff injuries treated?
Rest is often the best treatment for a rotator cuff injury. Avoiding triggering factors, performing gentle exercise, and applying either cold or heat packs are enough to calm down many cases. Pain-relief medications can often help treat moderate to …
What can be done at home to treat rotator cuff injuries?
Many cases of rotator cuff injury can be fully treated at home, with rest being the best option. Avoid trigger factors and take pain-relief medications for the first few days. Ice or heat packs are effective in reducing pain and …
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Author: Karen McCloskey BHSc
First answered: 28 Nov 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Rotator cuff injuries