Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator Cuff Tears

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Rotator Cuff Tears

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What are Rotator Cuff Tears?

Rotator cuff tears are a common injury that can occur when the rotator cuff muscles are overused or injured.

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. These muscles help to stabilize your shoulder blade and upper arm.

When a tear occurs in one or more of these muscles, it causes pain and discomfort in your shoulder joint. Rotator cuff tears can be either partial or complete tears, with partial tears being less serious than complete tears.

Your rotator cuff helps you lift, rotate, and hold your arm out to the side or behind your back. It also helps you raise your arm overhead.

The muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff allow you to keep your shoulder steady while moving your arm in any direction. They also help protect the shoulder from injury by working together with other muscles in this area.

What are the types of Rotator Cuff Tears?

There are three types of rotator cuff tears

Partial tear

Partial tears are the most common type of rotator cuff tear and can be caused by overuse, trauma or arthritis. They tend to be less severe than complete tears and can often heal with rest and physical therapy.

Complete tear

Complete tears involve a full rupture of all four rotator cuff tendons. If you have a complete tear, you’ll likely need surgery to repair your shoulder.

Acute tear

Acute tears are more serious than partial and complete tears because they occur suddenly and may require urgent medical attention. They can also cause pain and swelling in your shoulder that may last for up to two weeks after the injury.

What are the causes of Rotator Cuff Tears?

There are many causes for rotator cuff tears, including:

  • Aging or wear and tear on the shoulder over time
  • A direct blow to the shoulder
  • Overuse from repetitive motion
  • Injury from lifting something too heavy

What are the symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tears?

The symptoms of rotator cuff tears include:

  • Pain in the shoulder and aching or burning sensation at the back of the shoulder and upper arm
  • Weakness in lifting your arm straight up, or doing any movement that involves lifting your arm out to the side
  • Feeling like there’s a lump under your skin on top of your shoulder blade
  • A popping sound when moving your arm or shoulder

What are the risk factors for Rotator Cuff Tears?

The risk factors for rotator cuff tears include:

Age

As you get older, your tendon tissue naturally loses elasticity and strength due to a process called degenerative changes.

Genetics

If you have family members who have had rotator cuff tears, then you are more likely to develop one too.

Injury

An injury or trauma can cause the tendon tissue to tear because it puts extra stress on the area.

Overuse

Doing repetitive motions over time can wear out your rotator cuff tendons and muscles, which makes them more susceptible to injury during activity or exercise.

Recommended Exercise

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What are the exercises for Rotator Cuff Tears?

The exercises for Rotator Cuff Tears are designed to strengthen the muscles that support your shoulder and help them resist strain from overuse.

The most important thing you can do is avoid doing any exercises that put pressure on your rotator cuff, such as lifting weights with your arms above your head or pushing yourself up from a prone position.

Chest and Back Extensions

This exercise is great for building up the muscles in your chest and back, which will help take the pressure off your shoulder joints.

Shoulder Dislocators

These are another way to strengthen the muscles around your shoulder joints, so they can help support your rotator cuff tendons.

External Rotation

You can perform this exercise by sitting down and holding a dumbbell in each hand while keeping your elbows bent at 90 degrees (so they’re parallel to the floor). Now raise both arms out to the sides until they’re parallel to the ground—that’s one rep! Do 10 reps on each side every day to help build up those rotator cuff muscles even more quickly than usual.

What are the treatments for Rotator Cuff Tears?

The treatments for rotator cuff tears include:

Rest

This is the first thing that you should do after you’ve injured your shoulder. Resting your shoulder will help it heal and give it time to recover from the tear.

Ice

Applying ice to the area where you have a rotator cuff tear can help reduce inflammation and pain that can occur when there is inflammation in the area.

Compression

Wrapping your arm in a bandage or binding can help keep it immobilized while it heals. This will prevent further damage to the tissue as well as provide support so that the muscles don’t pull on each other too much when you move them.

Strengthening Exercises

Strengthening exercises are important for helping rebuild strength in your rotator cuff muscles so that they can withstand future stressors better than before they were injured. These exercises should be done regularly after any injury so that they become part of your routine, but especially if you’ve had an injury recently!

Explanation of Recommended Orthotic Device

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What brace is used for Rotator Cuff Tears?

A brace is used to help with pain and support of the shoulder area. It can also help to limit movements that may cause further damage to your rotator cuff.

The most common types of braces are:

  • A soft shoulder sling – this is often used for temporary relief from pain and inflammation, as well as for support during the healing process.
  • A hard shoulder brace – this is often used for long term use, as it provides more support than a soft sling does.               

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