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Rotator Cuff Injury

Align Healing Center Inc.

Chiropractic & Functional Medicine located in Danville, CA

Rotator cuff injuries are among the most common causes of shoulder pain. At Align Healing Center in Danville, California, skilled professionals offer customized care for rotator cuff injuries. If you’re concerned about lingering shoulder pain and looking for answers, come in for a diagnostic exam and a discussion about treatment options. You can book your visit online or over the phone.

Rotator Cuff Injury Q & A

What is a rotator cuff injury?

Your rotator cuff is not a single part of your anatomy but a group of muscles and tendons that serve to keep the head of your upper arm bone properly aligned with the shallow socket portion of your shoulder. Damage to those muscles and tendons can bring about significant shoulder pain. 

If a tear in your muscles or tendons is minor, you may not notice any changes. Over time, however, that damage can worsen. Left untreated, rotator cuff injuries can lead to disability. 

What causes rotator cuff injuries?

The most common cause of rotator cuff injury is repetitive motions that involve raising your arm high above your head. If you have an occupation or hobby that requires these types of motions, your risk level for a rotator cuff injury is higher than average. 

For example, professional baseball players commonly encounter rotator cuff problems. Other occupations with a high risk include painters, tennis players, and carpenters.  

A single injury can also damage your rotator cuff. Your risk level rises as you age, and a family history of these types of injuries can also increase your personal risk.

What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff injury?

Shoulder pain is the number one symptom of rotator cuff damage. Additional symptoms include:

  • Dull shoulder ache
  • Arm weakness
  • Difficulty reaching up or behind your back
  • Sleep disruptions, especially if you lie on your side

If you notice these symptoms, be sure to visit Align Healing Center for a thorough exam. 

How are rotator cuff injuries treated?

Chiropractic care at Align Healing Center for rotator cuff injuries focuses on restoring proper joint alignment and strengthening your shoulder to prevent future injury. Your practitioner devises a treatment plan that helps correct imbalance between the muscles in your chest and back to stabilize the shoulder through gentle chiropractic adjustments. Therapeutic taping can also stabilize your shoulder while still allowing range of motion in the joint.

As these adjustments help the body to align itself, you find that you reach a greater range of motion. Often, Dr. Maimone combines chiropractic adjustments with laser therapy, which can provide much-needed relief to the muscles in your chest and back. Because a rotator cuff injury means that one or more parts of a series of muscles aren’t working together properly, it’s imperative to provide healing to the area as a whole. Gentle laser light therapy does just that. 

Incorporating platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections into your treatment plan can hasten the production of new cells. Your provider formulates the solution from a small amount of your blood with concentrated platelets. Those platelets enhance blood clotting and promote cellular turnover that repairs damaged tissues. 

Targeted exercises can improve shoulder strength, increase your range of motion, and increase joint flexibility.

Chiropractic treatment can go a long way toward improving rotator cuff injury without surgery, prescription medications, or invasive treatments. By leveraging your body’s innate healing ability, this approach can deliver lasting and natural results.

Book an appointment online at Align Healing Center or by phone to learn more.