How To Heal From a Rotator Cuff Injury

How To Heal From a Rotator Cuff Injury

Rotator cuff injury can be incredibly painful. Learning how to heal from this type of injury can be very important, and should be something that is taken care of quickly to prevent the injury from worsening. You can see your MD to get x-rays, MRI scans etc., but at the same time you should also seek diagnosis from a Yellow Gazebo physiotherapist or chiropractor - these professionals are the only type of para-medical experts allowed to provide you with a legal diagnosis for injury.

What is a rotator cuff injury?

Your rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround your shoulder joint, keeping the upper part of your arm in your shoulder socket. It allows you to move your arm, and is important on a continual basis throughout a normal day. When your rotator cuff is injured you might feel a dull ache in your shoulder, making it difficult to sleep and perform basic tasks that require movement of your shoulder. You may also feel weakness in your arm due to nerve impingement.

A rotator cuff injury is often caused by normal use of your rotator cuff. You’re more prone to this type of injury if your job necessitates the use of your shoulder excessively, for example contractors, painters, firefighters, and any other profession that requires lifting and repeated movement. Heavy lifting or a fall can cause larger, more pronounced tears, whereas repeated motions will cause more, smaller tears.

A rotator cuff injury may also include inflammation of one or more tendons (tendonitis) and/or bursa, a small fluid-filled sac that protects your rotator cuff (aka bursitis).

You may be more likely to suffer from rotator cuff injury depending on your age (after 40 you’re more prone to shoulder injury), what you do in your daily life, and whether or not you have a family history of rotator cuff injury.

How can you treat a rotator cuff injury?

While larger rotator cuff injuries may require surgery, most tears can be fixed with the proper combination of rest and treatment plus exercise. As stated above, a Yellow Gazebo chiropractor or physiotherapist is the best first choice in determining a proper diagnosis for your injury. Following this they can prescribe the right kind of exercise theory to help you strengthen your shoulder most appropriately, and they can also recommend the adjunctive use of therapies such as osteopathy, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Luckily we have all of these modalities at YG, so you can be sure that the progress of your care can be properly shared amongst a team of professionals, one that will give you the personal care you will need.

If you’d like some more information, would like to book a free consultation or would like to go ahead and schedule an appointment at Yellow Gazebo, please give us a call at 416-909-2334, email us at, or use the online booking link below. We’ll be happy to help you get on your way to optimum health.

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