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Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons that connect the four upper shoulder muscles to the bone. This group of extremely thick tissues allow the muscle to life and rotate the bone of the upper arm (humerus). The muscles of the Rotator Cuff are:  Subscapularis,  Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus and Teres Minor.

What causes Rotator Cuff Tears?

Part of the tendon is located under part of the shoulder blade (acromion) and in this area tissues are vulnerable to damage. A tear can result from a single trauma to the shoulder or a gradual development, resulting in a painful and weak shoulder.  Other causes include:

  • Overuse
  • Poor blood supply to an area of the cuff
  • Fall on an outstretched arm
  • Gradual weakening of the shoulder tendons, this can be associated with impingement

What are the symptoms?

  • Pain and swelling around the shoulder
  • Pain when raising or lowering the arm
  • Disturbed sleep due to pain
  • Pain when reaching behind your back
  • Reduced range of movement

How can Rotator Cuff tears be diagnosed?

Our sports therapist will perform an examination and will take a detailed history about the condition, some tests will aim to replicate the pain and symptoms you are experiencing. The therapist will check for muscle imbalance, weakness, abnormalities and use special tests which will confirm or deny a true diagnoses. 

How can we help?

At Complete Chiropractic our team of Sports Therapist will provide individual treatment to suit your needs which will involve:

  • Pain management
  • Manual Therapy
  • Range of Motion Exercises
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Benefits of Sports therapy Treatment
  • Patient Education
  • Prevent Rehabilitation

What are the benefits of sports therapy treatment?

The aim of our Sports therapy treatment is to speed up your recovery from injury and prevent the tendonitis from reoccurring. The main benefits of Sports therapy treatment are:

  • Pain and inflammation reduction
  • Improvement in shoulder range of movement
  • Improvement in shoulder strength
  • Accelerated recovery time
  • Prevention of the injury reoccurring