Rotator Cuff Tear
Most tears are the result of repetitive overuse and or aging and attrition. This is common among major league baseball pitchers.
Some signs of a tear include:
- atrophy or thinning of the muscles around the shoulder,
- pain when lifting the arm,
- pain when lowering the arm from a fully raised position,
- weakness when lifting or rotating the arm,
- crepitus a crackling sensation when moving the shoulder in certain positions, and
- night pain especially when lying on the involved side.
Physiotherapy & Chiropractic Treatments include
In most cases, non surgical treatment is recommended and may include:
- limited overhead activity,
- use of a sling, but not for long,
- anti inflammatory medication,
- steroid injection,
- strengthening exercise, and
- physical therapy.