The shoulder is one of the body’s most flexible joints, allowing us to reach out and grab something and position it almost anywhere. Our rotator cuff muscles, which are still involved during arm movements to hold the ball of the shoulder in the socket, make this possible. It’s no wonder, then, that the rotator cuff is often overworked and injured in physiotherapy clinics.
The rotator cuff is made up of four small but powerful muscles that help to keep the shoulder stable. Supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and teres minor are the muscles involved. The supraspinatus is the most common muscle to be injured, but all of these muscles can be injured individually or in combination.Visit physio bury for more details.
Although an acute event, such as falling onto an outstretched arm, may cause injury, it is more likely to be caused by repeated overload of the shoulder musculature and manifest over time. These conditions are more prevalent in people over the age of 35 as a result of this, but they are also very common in the sporting population, especially “overhead athletes” such as swimmers, throwers, and those who participate in racquet sports.
The following are common complaints:
When pushing the arm out to the side, it causes pain.
Sleeping on the injured side is difficult.
Difficulty performing overhead tasks such as hanging laundry or placing items on the top shelf.
After an activity, I have a dull ache in my back.
A rotator cuff condition may be caused by a variety of factors, but the most common is impingement of the rotator cuff due to irregular scapulo-humeral rhythm (the combined movement of the shoulder blade and arm) and poor rotator cuff muscles. Muscle tightness and strength imbalances are common causes of poor scapulo-humeral rhythm, which can be effectively treated with physiotherapy.
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