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Rotator Cuff Injuries

Neuro Pain Consultants

Pain Management and Anesthesia Physicians located in Bloomfield Township, Clarkston and Sterling Heights, MI

If you windmill your arms, you get a better idea of the incredible range of motion your shoulder provides. And allowing that movement, while keeping your shoulder stable, is your rotator cuff. When injury strikes your rotator cuff, your life can be limited in surprising ways. To help you wave goodbye to rotator cuff problems, the team at Neuro Pain Consultants offers effective treatments that restore the use of your shoulder. To learn more about your options, call one of locations in Bloomfield Hills, Clarkston, Macomb Township, and West Bloomfield, Michigan, or use the online scheduling tool.

Rotator Cuff Injuries Q & A

What is the rotator cuff?

Your shoulder is a shallow ball-and-socket joint that connects your arm to your body. Keeping your arm in place is a group of tendons and muscles that come together to form your rotator cuff.

What are the most common rotator cuff injuries?

Far and away, the most common rotator cuff injury is a full or partial tear of this group of muscles and tendons. These injuries can crop up after repetitive stresses on the tissue (think painters or tennis players). A rotator cuff tear is usually the result of pressure on your rotator cuff by your shoulder blade (scapula) when you lift your arm.

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

The most common symptoms of a rotator cuff injury are:

  • Pain, which can be moderate to severe
  • Weakness in your arm
  • A crackling in your shoulder when you move it
  • Loss of certain movements, especially lifting your arm
  • Tenderness in the front of your shoulder

It’s important that you seek help for your rotator cuff injury at Neuro Pain Consultants because if left untreated, your shoulder will gradually lose strength and range of motion.

How are rotator cuff injuries treated?

After determining the extent of your rotator cuff injury, your doctor at Neuro Pain Consultants comes up with an appropriate treatment plan, which may include:

  • Rest
  • A shoulder sling
  • Corticosteroid injections in the subacromial space to decrease inflammation and pain
  • Certain exercises
  • Regenerative medicine, such as stem cell and PRP therapies

Rotator cuff injuries take time to heal, so you need to be patient. Your doctor tries to strike a balance between immobilizing your shoulder to allow the tissue to repair itself, while also encouraging some movement to prevent your shoulder from freezing up. It’s important that you follow your doctor’s recommendations for gently exercising and stretching your rotator cuff for your best chances of success.

If your injury doesn’t respond to more conservative treatments, your doctor may recommend surgery to repair your rotator cuff.

To learn more about effective ways to treat rotator cuff injuries, call Neuro Pain Consultants or fill out the online form to request an appointment.

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