Rotator cuff injuries are very common, but they don’t always cause pain. If your shoulder hurts so badly that you can’t function and you think you might have a rotator cuff injury, though, it is important to get treated early so that it doesn’t become more serious. Here is some information on the rotator cuff – what it is, how it can be injured, and when to see your doctor.
What is the rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff is part of the shoulder joint. It’s made up of muscles and tendons that help to keep your arm in your shoulder socket, and it helps to keep your shoulder stable when you move your arm around.
One reason rotator cuff problems are so common is that they can result from simply performing the same arm movements repetitively, such as constantly reaching over your head as part of your job. Anyone can develop a rotator cuff injury, but if you are over 40, an athlete, or have a job where lots of arm movement is required, you are more at risk.
You might have a rotator cuff injury if you have pain, tenderness, and weakness in the shoulder, and you find it difficult to move your shoulder. As it gets worse, you’ll even feel pain when you perform the simplest of tasks or even when you are just lying in bed.
When should you get help for shoulder pain?
Many people live with shoulder pain every day – it has just become a part of their lives. It may be time to see your doctor, though, if this pain is negatively affecting your life so much that it keeps you from doing certain activities. However, if you have had a sudden injury to your arm and you feel immediate weakness, you should see your doctor right away.
Treatment for a rotator cuff injury depends on how you got the injury and how much it bothers you. It may be as simple as over-the-counter pain relievers, or, in very serious cases, treatment may require surgery.
If shoulder pain is too much for you to bear, contact Sports Occupational and Knee Surgery in San Antonio, TX, for help. Call (210) 696-9000 for an appointment today!