Do you have a rotator cuff injury?

woman with hands holding her shoulder pain. You never realize how much you use your shoulders until they start to hurt! If your shoulder hurts, there could be many different reasons for this – it may be a rotator cuff injury, and the pain might get worse without treatment.

What is the rotator cuff?

The rotator cuff helps to keep your shoulder stable as you move your arm, and it helps to keep your arm securely in your shoulder socket. If you are having a problem with your rotator cuff, you may not be able to move your shoulder as you should. You might have difficulty performing even the simplest of tasks – even combing your hair or scratching your back can be hard to do or can cause pain. You may have weakness, tenderness, and pain not only in the shoulder but in the whole arm, even when you aren’t doing anything but lying in bed.

Rotator cuff injuries are actually quite common, especially in those over the age of 60 and in people with a family history of shoulder problems. Athletes (such as tennis or baseball players) who repetitively use their rotator cuff are also prone to this injury, as are people who perform repetitive arm movements as part of their job, such as painters and construction workers. However, anyone can develop a rotator cuff injury; it can happen from an accident or a fall. It is important to note that if you have had a sudden injury to your arm and you have immediate weakness, you should get medical help immediately.

If you do have a rotator cuff injury, the treatment depends on how serious the injury is. Ice packs, rest, and anti-inflammatory, over-the-counter medication can help if it’s not severe. If your shoulder continues to cause you pain or discomfort, the staff at Cynergy Physical and Occupational Therapy can help you to find ways to decrease the pain, increase your range of motion, and improve how you move so you can function without pain and without becoming injured again.

If your shoulder hurts, call Cynergy Physical and Occupational Therapy – there are five locations in New York. Call (212) 974-7252 for an appointment today!

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