Rotator Cuff Injury
1. What is causing the pain and how did I get it?
The rotator cuff are shoulder muscles comprising of four small muscles which originate from the shoulder blade and attach onto the tip of the shoulder. These muscles can be overstressed with upper body deconditioning and muscles imbalances.
Our modern lifestyle creates a lot of muscle imbalances in our body. For example, our sedentary lifestyle will lead to deconditioning of our upper body and arms strength. Stressing a weaken rotator cuff will eventually lead to a rotator cuff injury
Many gym-goers get rotator cuff injury due to improper training.
For instance, focusing on strengthening the chest muscles without adequate stretching will lead to muscle imbalances that stresses the rotator cuff muscles, leading to injury.
2. How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapists are experts in diagnosing and managing shoulder pain, whether it is from sports injury or daily repetitive overuse. Manual therapy is a good way of releasing the tension in the overworked muscles and provide instant pain relief. However, without identifying the underlying muscle imbalances and posture issues, the pain would recur sooner or later. As part of BMJ physiotherapy session, we will also address the underlying causes by prescribing specific stretching and strengthening exercises.
3. How can I help?
Understand that a holistic treatment includes postural awareness, lifestyle changes, changes to gym routine etc.
Follow the prescribed exercise with appropriate rest cycles will help to keep recovery on track.
4. How long will it take to recover? (ie prognosis)
Depending on the severity of the rotator cuff injury, it will take 4 to 6 weeks for this injury to heal. At times, severe injury will lead to a rotator cuff tear which may warrant a surgery.