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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:

  • rest,
  • limited overhead activity,
  • use of a sling, but not for long,
  • anti inflammatory medication,
  • steroid injection,
  • strengthening exercise, and
  • physical therapy.
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