Rotator Cuff Injury

A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. A rotator cuff injury can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens with the use of the arm away from the body.

Practice low resistance exercise and introduce more repetitions to gradually strengthen the small muscles of the shoulder without the risk of injury. Keep movements slow and steady. Include arm raises to the side with external rotation and rest the shoulder before a workout routine.
  • Symptoms
  • Joint pain

    • Shoulder pain that doesn't radiate

    • Occurs or worsens when joint is used or stressed

    • Rapidly developing

    • Pain often wakes the patient from sleep

    • Improved with rest

    • Recurrent

    or Shoulder pain

    • With exertion

    • At rest

    • At night

    • When laying down

    • With overhead activities

    • Gradual onset


    Gradual upper limb weakness


    Joint is sore to touch

    • Shoulder sore to the touch


    Difficulty moving shoulder


    Buzzing sensation in upper extremity

    Blue/purple skin on shoulder

    Numbness or tingling in shoulders arms or hands

  • Risk factors
  • Recent injury or trauma in upper extremity

    • In shoulder

    Overuse of shoulder

  • Treatment
  • Depending on the type of shoulder injury, treatment may include applying hot or cold packs to the affected area to reduce swelling, exercises to restore strength and range of motion, injecting the affected area with cortisone, resting the affected arm and wearing a sling to isolate arm motions.
  • Recommended specialist
  • If you have Rotator Cuff Injury, then a visit to an orthopedic surgeon is highly recommended.

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