Rotator cuff injuries can be annoying at times and can be severely painful. Most often, rotator cuff tears are not easily detected. It has been found out, during autopsies that seventy percent of 80 year olds have the tear. About thirty percent of those under 70 years of age also have the same rotator cuff injuries. As the age becomes older, the body becomes weaker and susceptible to injuries. One can do many abrupt movements. In the process of a great deal of movement, harm can be incurred.
Rotator cuff tears do not only strike old folks but also, others as well.
Falling or any kind of accident can cause rotator cuff tears. There are tough football players out there who put up with the risk of having these injuries because of the demand of the sport. Even with such a simple game of golf can be hazardous to the rotator cuff, too. You do not have to tumble down from a higher place to get a rotator cuff injury. I even had my injury when one simply pulled me by the arm.
There are common symptoms to point to a rotator cuff tear. One basic sign is when you can’t stretch your arm over your head or when you can’t even pull your arm to your shirt sleeve. When it gets excruciatingly painful while sleeping, pay attention to these signs. When that part of the shoulder seems to cause throbbing pain that stretches down to the elbow and it constantly affects you, no doubt, you have a rotator cuff tear. Correct the problem before it is too late because believe me, I was lucky, I got it attended to right away.
The only way to treat a rotator cuff tear is through physical therapy. After meeting up with the therapist, I have learned “do-it-yourself” exercises that prove helpful. However, you can have lots of information and techniques available, whichever you opt to have.
Before anything else, it is best to seek professional help. Tests like Arthrogram, ultrasound, MRI and a diagnostic arthroscopy can identify prognosis on rotator cuff injuries. Aside from the tests, the doctor also checks on the shoulder itself, testing its movement as to how much pain you feel while doing the range of motion. This can help the doctor decipher as to what extent your injury has become from just a slight tear to a full tear.
Early detection of rotator cuff injury can facilitate early treatment. If not checked sooner, a rotator cuff injury may become serious. To treat serious and full cuff tears, surgery is vital and physical therapy follows.