How many times a day you use your shoulders?
Too many to count.
It’s our shoulders that help us balance, elevate our arms and allow us to lift anything from ourselves to a needle.
When our shoulders hurt, we know that one thing that could be wrong is an injury to the rotator cuff.
We’ve all heard about it. The rotator cuff. But what is it? Your friendly injury Chiropractors at AICA Atlanta are here to tell you, and of course, to fix it.
Whether a shoulder is damaged by a mild sports injury or repetitive movement over a sustained period, the effects can be the same. That is, strain and damage to the ligaments and muscles that support the shoulder can aggravate them and cause inflammation, strain, and eventual rupture.
The open living is a culprit here; the way you carry a bag of nominal weight on a regular basis can hurt your shoulder. This goes all the more so with repetitive damage sustained at work in an accident, slip, and fall or another injury that torqued the tissue more than it’s designed to move.
In all of these cases, the rotator cuff is on the front line of distress. It’s a series of connectors, muscles, and tendons that run from the shoulder and attach to the arm – keeping the ball and socket in place while allowing it to move.
Rotator cuff damage often happens in overhead work when the arms are raised. Because the muscles and tendons are in multiple if one area of soft tissue is hurt the others may be able to take over and carry most of the weight.
However, because they are on the outside edge of the shoulder, the rotator cuff takes the brunt of any attack – whether passive or acute – and makes this kind of injury the most common of all the parts in your shoulder.
The good news about rotator cuff injuries is that the Chiropractor will usually say it isn’t what you think it is.
Namely, it’s not torn. While tearing happens, it isn’t all of the time. And even then, the tear is usually not complete. Often the muscle is weakened, inflamed and needs a rest, which is precisely what the Chiropractor will prescribe.
Sit out, stop playing, and let your body rebuild. This will include a regimen of physical therapy that will help to strengthen the rotator cuff and train it with necessary flexibility.
That being said, a complete tear may require surgery to repair the damage.
If you do damage the rotator cuff, here are a selection of telltale signs:
We have Chiropractors ready and waiting to help nurse your arm back to health.
But consider calling us when the pain has been persistent for a few days. At that point, we should be your first call – even if you’ve already been to the emergency room.
Healing a damaged rotator cuff isn’t rocket science, but it does take an experienced Chiropractor.
When you’re pain isn’t going away, remember that without the proper treatment, that pain you’re trying to mend through on the fly is going to stick around – if not now, then later as you age.
The sooner we can properly treat your shoulder pain, the sooner you can get your shoulder pain, and release the worry you’ve been carrying around to boot.
We always bill the at-fault insurance company, which means you probably won’t have to pay for your treatment. Even if you can’t drive because of your injuries, you can count on us to help you reach your appointment.
We’re also available 24/7 to take your call, which now gives you every reason to contact us at (404) 889-8828 and help us restore your shoulder, and bring back the full life you deserve.