There are four muscles that comprise the rotator cuff - the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. A rotator cuff tear is when one of those muscles or the tendon from the muscle is either partially or completely torn. The supraspinatus is the most commonly torn muscle due to its compromised position under the acromion.
The rotator cuff muscles help to provide stability to the shoulder joint, so a tear in one or more of these muscles can compromise the integrity of the joint, causing pain and dysfunction. The shoulder is so essential for completing daily activities that any injury shoulder be taken seriously and treated to avoid worsening your condition.
Some signs that shoulder pain needs immediate attention may include a decreased ability to hold objects, decreased functioning of the arm, shoulder pain that persists even while at rest, shoulder pain that lasts more than a day or two, and unusual twinges or aches in the shoulder area.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain, see your Doctors of Physical Therapy and Chiropractic today. A thorough examination of your shoulder will be done in order to diagnosis a rotator cuff tear or other shoulder pathology.
Chiropractic care and physical threrapy can be extremely effective treatments for shoulder pain and rotator cuff tears. Treatment may include gentle manipulation from the chiropractor and physical therapy treatment to decrease pain and inflammation, improve range of motion and mobility, and to strengthen the rotator cuff and surrounding musculature.