Rotator Cuff Symptoms - Know What They Are And You Can Avoid Suffering a Whole Lot Of Discomfort

By: Nick Bryant

Only too often we ignore aches and pains and carry on as normal. Everyone have minor aches occasionally and most of us just carry on with life regardless. If we stopped work every time we had a pain the country would soon grind to a stop.

Whatever you do do not ignore shoulder pain, especially if it is fairly consistent. A Rotator Cuff Problem will|Rotator Cuff problems} often give us plenty of warning signs before they actually kick in and bring us to a stop. If you notice weakness,stiffness, swelling or pain in one or both of yoru shoulders it may be time to ease up and take remedial action.

There are someshoulder problems that start as the result of a fall or knock, most start because of simple |wear and tear on the shoulder, either as we get older or because of a repetitive stressful movement. Okay, we can't do anything to stop the unexpected injury but we prevent the damage from wear and tear. As we get older our rotator cuff weakens through lack of exercise. We hold ourselves slightly differently to how we did when we were younger, our {posture|shape gradually changes over the years. I only need to look at my waist line to know that that is true.

As the rotator cuff gradually gets weaker we become prone to shoulder damage. The right sort of physical therapy done early to strengthen these muscles can go a long way towards stopping shoulder injuries.Despite these being asmall group of muscles {they are key to having a healthy and strong shoulder joint and once we get past forty five we ignore them at our peril.

So prevention is better than cure, but just in case you've left it too late, what are the rotator cuff symptoms? First off, weakness and pain in the injured shoulder. This may only happen when you use your shoulder joint. The commonest causes of discomfort are reaching up, or reaching for an object. Whenever you reach up or out the muscles of the rotator cuff starts to work hardest. If you are having difficulty sleeping because of a painful shoulder, this is yet another classic sign. Lying on your bad shoulder can be painful, but lying on the good side so that your damaged arm drops in front of you can be equally painful.

If the pain is continuous, it may be telling you that you have a badly torn rotator cuff.

Most rotator cuff problems can be treated with rest followed by gentle shoulder specific exercise but don't rush out and start lifting weights. These are a small bunch of muscles that need very specific exercise to build them up using no weights or at best very small weights and exercises that are designed specifically for muscle group.

So whether it's simply shoulder tendonitis or a full blown rotator cuff injury, you will usually end up exercising the muscles of the rotator cuff as part of your recovery programme. Whether that is before or after surgery really depends on whether or not you listen to your body and heed the warning signs.

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If you found this article useful check out my full story at My name is Nick Bryant and I tore my rotator cuff lifting something that was too heavy. Despite being told that I needed surgery I have managed a full recovery with just exercise. Check out one of my other articles on rotator cuff injury

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