Rotator Cuff Injury

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A rotator cuff injury can be exceedingly painful and frustrating. The rotator cuff resides in the shoulder and it is comprised of muscles and tendons that control both the shoulder blade and the upper arm. When damaged, the rotator cuff limits movement and strength, and it undermines daily functioning.

The rotator cuff is responsible for much of the mobility of the upper body, and it is thus subject to considerable wear and tear. Rotator cuff injuries are very common, and they can occur for a variety of reasons. Repetitive strain on the arm through heavy lifting or strenuous athletics is a frequent cause. However, poor posture and prior medical problems such as arthritis or diabetes can also play a role.

As with many repetitive strain injuries, treatments for rotator cuff injuries abound. More often than not, physicians recommend rest as a first course of action. For most people, however, it is not possible to refrain from daily life tasks and chores or to take a hiatus from work. In these cases, treatment may involve medication, supportive braces, or compress packs. In extreme cases, it may involve surgery.

The challenge for most patients resides with finding lasting treatment for a rotator cuff injury that does not carry undue risk or side effects. Strategic exercise is one such intervention. There are now training systems, such as the program developed by Balance Systems, Inc., that allow patients to strengthen the musculature in the arm and shoulder, thereby optimizing balance around the joint and relieving rotator cuff injury symptoms. To learn more about this proven approach, please visit www.repetitive-strain.com.

 


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