Rotator cuff injuries are painful and can severely limit your range of motion. These shoulder problems are common for athletes and people who perform a great deal of repetitive lifting and carrying. Whether your rotator cuff injury is due to sports, work, recreation or an accidental fall, understanding the basics of a rotator cuff injury can be the answer to recovery without surgery.
What is the Rotator Cuff?
The rotator cuff is the area of the shoulder where the humerus, scapula and clavicle come together to form the shoulder joint. These bones are held together with tendons, muscles and ligaments in the shoulder capsule. There are four muscles and the surrounding tendons that attach the shoulder blade to the head of the humerus bone. These muscles are responsible for lifting and rotating the arm. Unfortunately, they can be damaged due to repetitive motion, trauma and degenerative disease.
What are the Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Injury?
When the rotator cuff is damaged, symptoms will begin as shoulder pain and tenderness. You may experience weakness when lifting your arm or rotating it. Sleeping on the injured side will cause shoulder pain. You may hear popping or cracking sounds. The pain is generally quite severe and will often become unbearable. This is typically when your doctor will suggest seeing a surgeon to repair the rotator cuff.
You should know, however, that many times rotator cuff issues can be fixed with physical therapy, regenerative medicine and corticosteroid injections. These non-surgical options are a great way to avoid the expense and the recovery time from surgery.
In New York City, Caliber Pain is one of the best interventional pain treatment clinics around. You will find a team of highly specialized pain doctors who use the latest in technology and medicine to treat your rotator cuff injury and return your range of motion without pain. Caliber Pain uses interventional pain treatments such as ketamine injections, acupuncture, regenerative medicines, fluoroscopy and spinal cord stimulation to treat a variety of pain conditions.
Contact Caliber Pain today if you are suffering from pain and loss of motion due to rotator cuff issues. Our team will work closely with you to achieve a pain-free resolution without opioids. Call us today at 212-203-5987 to schedule a consultation.