In the last month or so I've seen an influx of Shoulder Injuries and I think 80% of them are rotator cuff related.
In many of the cases the muscle deep under the shoulder blade called the subscapularis could is the problem.
The rotator cuff consists of four muscles;
These muscles start at the shoulder blade and attach to the top of the arm bone.
The rotator cuff muscles lift the arms and rotate the shoulder in all directions.
The people most commonly affected by rotator cuff injuries are sports people and those with jobs that require repetitive motions.
Women going through the menopause and or with low estrogen are also at greater risk.
The most common rotator cuff injuries are:
Look for these symptoms related to rotator cuff injuries:
- Pain and weakness in the shoulder, especially at night, making it difficult to sleep on that side of the body
- Pain and difficulty when lifting the arms or rotating the shoulders
- Pain on very specific movements of the shoulder.
in some situations it can be important to get medical advice from your GP but even if in extreme cases someone needs surgery, Sports Therapy can be an important part of recovery and treatment.
Sports Therapy can be a great option for rotator cuff injuries because it helps to:-
Decrease inflammation and pain in the area
Release scar tissue
Loosen tight and tense muscles
Increase range of motion in the shoulder girdle.
Having played Rugby all my life and worked with various teams Ive seen an array of shoulder injuries so if you'd like to book in for an assessment click HERE