WHAT ARE ROTATOR CUFFS?
- The rotator cuff consists of four muscles. These muscles work to keep the ball in the socket and support the shoulder. The four muscles are the teres minor, the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis
- The shoulder is able to move in many directions and the rotator cuff helps to support and stabilize this movement.
- Trauma and overuse can tear the tendons or muscles in the rotator cuff. This can cause pain as the acromion impinges.
HOW TO KNOW IF THE ROTATOR CUFF IS THE PROBLEM AND WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
- Rotator cuff pain is most often felt below the outside of the shoulder or directly in the shoulder.
- Pain increases with movement of the arm. Overhead activities can be most uncomfortable.
- Sleeping on the side can cause more pain.
HOW TO DIAGNOSE A ROTATOR CUFF INJURY?
- Through a physical examination, history of the injury and possibly x-rays, Dr. Tracy can diagnose the problem.
- You may have risk factors that may be identified that put your body at more risk for rotator cuff problems, such as biomechanical imbalances.
- An MRI or diagnostic ultrasound may be used to properly diagnose a rotator cuff injury.