Shoulder problems come in all shapes and sizes. It is the most complex joint that we have and is one of the easiest to start having problems with and one of the most common shoulder problems is a rotator cuff injury. Around thirty percent of us will have a problem with these small but important muscles at some point .
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help to stabilize the shoulder joint by pulling the rounded head of the humerus or upper arm into the socket of the shoulder formed by the end of the scapula or shoulder blade. These muscles run over and around the shoulder joint forming a cuff of muscle, hence the name. Without these muscles it would be very easy to dislocate your shoulder as the ball and socket joint is a very shallow joint to allow the wide range of movement that we enjoy.
If you injure the rotator cuff you can start to suffer from a wide range of symptoms. These include difficulty sleeping caused by pain when you lie down, discomfort we change the way we stand and move and these changes in posture can cause problems with one or both of our shoulder joints. One of the muscles of the cuff runs through a channel of bone at the top of the shoulder blade. This muscle can start to rub against the bone either because it has been injured and become inflamed or simply because we hold ourselves a bit differently as time goes by. The swelling can lead to a shoulder impingement where the muscle is literally getting pinched and damaged by the bone. Ignore this at your peril because a shoulder impingement can become a partial or complete tear of the muscle. The latter will certainly require surgery.
Happily, the vast majority of rotator cuff injuries can be fixed with rest and exercise. Rest first!
Sounds easy but you quickly|soon begin to} realise just how often you use your shoulder, so the simplest advice is to avoid any movement that causes pain. The pain in a rotator cuff injury is a sign that damage is being done. Try anti-inflammatory drugs like Ibuprofen to reduce the swelling. Avoid working through this type of injury as you can end up turning a simple problem into a major injury that will require corrective surgery.
Once the inflammation and pain have subsided you can start exercising gently aimed at strengthening the muscle, gradually increasing the frequency and amount of exercise until the shoulder is back to full, pain free, movement. Exercises for this type of injury do not involve large weights or strong resistance as that will tend to make you use the major muscles of the shoulder rather than the rotator cuff
Whatever you do, don't stop the exercises once you feel better. If you have suffered a shoulder injury once there is a pretty good chance that you can do it again so, on the basis that prevention is better than cure, keep your shoulders in shape as you get older and keep up the exercises.
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