Just because you may have been in the best shape of your life while playing sports in high school and college, doesn’t mean you still can’t get into the game— but your body may respond to things differently. If you recently took up your favorite high school sport and have noticed that your shoulder is a bit more tender than usual— you may have an injury. As one of the most common shoulder injuries, tearing your rotator cuff can be painful and debilitating. To help you narrow down whether or not you have a rotator cuff injury, we have created a brief guide listing some of the symptoms. Read on to learn more.
You Can’t Sleep
One of the biggest indicators that you have an injury is when you simply can’t sleep through the pain. If your shoulder is hurting so badly that you are losing sleep over it, then you may have a bigger injury than you were previously aware of.
You Can’t Reach Behind Your Back
Hopefully, somebody else is giving you the pat on the back that you deserve— but if you go to scratch your back or pat it and you experience pain, then this is a sure sign of a rotator cuff injury.
You Have Arm Weakness
Have you noticed that your arm is more weak than usual? Does it seem like you have to strain yourself to pick something up? When you have a rotator cuff injury, you may experience some weakness in your entire arm and your shoulder.
You Are Experiencing Dull Pain
Typically, patients with a rotator cuff injury experience a dull, aching pain in their shoulder and upper arm. If you have noticed that you are suffering from this kind of pain and can’t seem to find relief, then this is another indicator of this type of injury.
Sometimes it can be hard to differentiate between being sore after working out and having an injury. However, if you are suffering from the symptoms listed above, you may have a rotator cuff injury. To schedule an appointment with our staff and get a proper diagnosis, contact Sports, Occupational & Knee Surgery today!