The Rotator cuffs musculature consists of four muscles: the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus, the subscapularis and the teres minor muscle. They are very small but yet very important muscles as they work together to guide the movement of the shoulder adding to its strength and flexibility.
Rotator cuff injuries are fairly common and most patients complaint of shoulder and upper arm pain especially when trying to reach up or when lifting something.
Rotator cuff problems also tend to be very troublesome at night making sleeping a problem.
The most common tendon injured in rotator cuff injuries is the supraspinatus tendon. This is called supraspinatus tendinitis and is seen very often in the clinic.
Most issues of pain in the rotator cuff region are the result of a small tear, tendinitis or an impingement.
In all three cases, the pain may be treated with a combination of conservative treatment, stretch and strengthening exercises, ice/heat and avoiding certain activities.
Your chiropractor will check the shoulder function but will also assess the muscles balance and examine the neck and upper spine to find out how to best improve the biomechanics of the whole shoulder girdle. Often rotator cuff problems is associated with a mechanical neck problem (restricted movement) why it’s important that we check and treat more than just the painfull muscle.