Are you experiencing shoulder pain as a result of a rotator cuff injury?
The words themselves make people cringe. But let’s understand what these incredible muscles are really all about. The shoulder joint is one of the most unstable joints in our body. Four total muscles make up the rotator cuff. These include the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, and Subscapularis.
These 4 muscles act in conjunction with each other to stabilize and balance all the movements of the shoulder joint. More specifically known as the glenohumeral joint. As long as these muscles are relatively strong and healthy, our shoulder works perfectly. This allows us to do all the things we take for granted. Like drive our cars, open and close doors, blow dry our hair (if we have any), get dressed, etc.
When these muscles become damaged or laden with fibrous adhesion (scar tissue) from being overworked or simply from being alive for more than 20 years, we experience pain when performing everyday tasks. Furthermore, if left untreated, this scar tissue leads to increased wear and tear on the tendons and attachments of these rotator cuff muscles. The result? Torn rotator cuff tendons and damaged labrums, eek!!
It’s not the end of world if you have been diagnosed with a tear. Dr. Zelasko of Prime Spine Associates is still able to help. Many tears are only partial or minor tears. This means the tendons are not completely separated from their attachments.
This is great news, because it means the muscle is still capable of doing its job. With a reasonably small amount of treatment to reduce the adhesion that originally caused this partial tear, your shoulder can get back to normal and shoulder pain free rather quickly.
To get your Rotator Cuff muscles treated before these conditions cause long-term damage, give our Orchard Park chiropractors a call at 716-677-5525 immediately.