Rotator Cuff Injuries, Exercises and Physiotherapy Singapore
What are Rotator Cuff Injuries?
It’s a common shoulder
injury that is treated by physiotherapists. The rotator cuff consists of
four main muscles and their tendons that works closely together (the
subscapularis, the supraspinatus, the infraspinatus and the teres
minor). Together, they form the rotator cuff and it basically acts as an
anchor for your shoulder, stabilizing the humeral head.
Are there different types of rotator cuff damages and injuries? What are they? As
there are a few structures involved in the rotator cuff, it then
becomes prone to several types of injuries, which are listed here:
- Rotator cuff inflammation
if or when any of the tendons of the four muscles become inflamed due
to physical stress or direct trauma, tendonitis happens. Inflammation
and tendonitis causes swelling which increases the internal pressure and
this can compress on other structures in the shoulder joint
- Impingement syndrome - impingement simply means that a tendon of one of the four rotator cuff muscles becomes impinged, compressed or squeezed
- Calcification of the rotator cuff tendonitis
- sometimes, calcium gets deposited in the tendons of the rotator cuff
(especially do in long term tendonitis cases), causing them to become
hard (calcification) which causes pain as tendon glides with any
- Bursitis - the shoulder joint has a bursa
which is located just beneath our acromion – this is called the
subacromial bursa, and it can become inflamed if the shoulder is
- Rotator cuff tears - can happen when one
of the tendons or the muscles of the rotator cuff gets stretched beyond
what it can bear, and it tears. Tears can be partial or complete
rupture. Tears happen usually from strong impacting forces such as road
traffic accidents or falls, but they are also sometimes caused by
gradual tears and micro-tears due to normal wear and tear as we age and
use our hands.
If you think you have sustained a
rotator cuff/shoulder injury but you’re unable to receive physiotherapy
treatment, you can consider Steve’s rotator cuff therapy exercises that he used to overcome his rotator cuff injury.
What causes a rotator cuff injury?
shoulder is very easily injured as we use it all the time in almost
every single thing we do, including carrying, lifting or pulling stuff,
driving cars, using tools – these all require our shoulders to exert
force. Also, traumatic incidences such as falls or road traffic
accidents are common-occurring situations which can lead to a
shoulder/rotator cuff injury.
How do I know I have a rotator cuff injury?
people with injuries to their rotator cuff often get pain and
tenderness in their shoulders, and sometimes their ache and pain can
travel down the back of their hand. Most of the time, the pain is very
specific to shoulder-based movement such as reaching up to take
something or pulling on a weighted object.
Our patients also often
mention that they feel a “baseline ache”, and moreso if they put
pressure on their affected shoulder. Weakness and limited mobility is
another common sign.One thing to note is that if your pain comes
as slow and gradual, it’s likely to be caused by wear and tear or
tendinitis; but if you get the sudden, sharp ones, it’s likely due to a
micro-tear in your rotator cuff.
How can physiotherapy help a patient with rotator cuff injuries?
you injure your rotator cuff, it’d be best you visit your physician who
will refer you to an orthopedic surgeon who will advise you on the
severity of the rotator cuff injury, and the options you have. Most of
the time if you have a complete rupture, you would have to undergo
surgery to correct the problem. However, if what you have is a
micro-tear or partial-tear, the orthopedic surgeon may advise for
conservation management (meaning no operation) and to undergo
physiotherapy to maximize range, function and strength as your rotator
Some of the physiotherapy modalities we may use in the management and treatment of rotator cuff injuries includes: To
provide pain relief and to accelerate healing: ultrasound therapy,
sonophoresis therapy, electrical stimulation, heat therapy, TENS Graded rehabilitative stretching, mobilizing and strengthening exercises, Sports-specific rehabilitation and training.
you think you have sustained rotator cuff injuries but you’re
unable to receive physiotherapy treatment, you can consider Steve’s rotator cuff therapy exercises that he used to overcome his rotator cuff injury.
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