How To Cope With Rotator Cuff Strain

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18 February, 2019
dealing with a rotator cuff strain injury

Rotator cuff strain is common in athletes as they are the most prone due to repetitive movements some of them need to perform. Repetitive Strain Injury or (RSI) is a condition that results due to putting a continuous strain on certain muscles, as seen in Rotator Cuff Strain.

While there is the option of over the counter medicine, you can benefit from healthy, safe chiropractic treatment to soothe pain and discomfort from rotator cuff strain. In this post, we want to discuss this injury and the chiropractic treatment and recovery aspects.

What is a rotator cuff strain?

The rotator cuff is located in the shoulders, it comprises of the muscles, tendons and keeps the upper arm inside its socket. When a patient suffers from rotator cuff strain, they can experience all sorts of mobility and range limits accompanied by pain in their shoulders.

Signs of rotator cuff strain

Rotator cuff strain symptoms will occur in patients and being able to identify them early, enough can reduce healing time. Patients may showcase the following:

  • A stiffness sensation
  • Throbbing and tingling
  • Limited range
  • Cannot reach behind their back
  • Tenderness and pain when trying to reach above the head

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Who is at higher risk of rotator cuff strain?

Anybody can experience rotator cuff strain, but some patients are just more prone to injuries of this type because of their lifestyles.

People who need to perform repetitive movements such as seen in painting and carpentry, can easily develop rotator cuff strain injury. Athletes are also more likely to suffer from rotator cuff strain especially if they’re rowers, batters or bowlers in baseball or cricket and tennis players. Age can also come into play and increase the risk in patients over 40 years of age and older. In some cases, a family history can also put a patient at higher risk of developing the injury.

Rotator cuff strain treatment and prevention

People differ one from another and while some patients may recover faster, some rotator cuff recovery time can be from 2 to 8 weeks. Patients find relieve using pain medication like ibuprofen and ice or heat packs applied to the injured area.

Chiropractic treatment includes hot and cold treatments, as well as electric shock treatment to reduce inflammation. Chiropractors work closely with the patient to determine the best treatment routines. Some may include specific rotator cuff strain exercises to help strengthen the region and improve motion and range. Patients will also be shown specific rotator cuff strain exercises to help strengthen the muscles and avoid easy injuries from occurring.

Do’s

  • Learn proper posture techniques
  • Take short breaks between repetitive movements
  • Strengthening exercises

Don’ts

  • Don’t wear heavy backpacks
  • Don’t take breaks that are too long
  • Don’t stoop in posture when standing, sitting and walking

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