By: Donna Byrne
When you stop being able to reach for something in the fridge or put your coat on one side you probably have irritation in the shoulder rotator cuff. It may be just an ache or may be as extreme as sharp shooting pains down the arm on the affected side. We don’t realize until we have these symptoms how there is no movement of your arm that does not need shoulder involvement. Rotator cuff injury signs and symptoms may include pain and tenderness in your shoulder, especially when reaching overhead, reaching behind your back, lifting, pulling or sleeping on the affected side. It may also include shoulder weakness, loss of shoulder range of motion and an inclination to keep your shoulder inactive.
Four major muscles and their tendons connect your upper arm bone with your shoulder blade. A rotator cuff injury, which is fairly common, involves any type of irritation or damage to your rotator cuff muscles or tendons, including tendinitis. Tendons in your rotator cuff can become inflamed due to overuse or overload, especially if you’re an athlete who performs a lot of overhead activities, such as in tennis or racquetball. The fluid-filled sac (bursa) between your shoulder joint and rotator cuff tendons can become irritated and inflamed and strain or tear. Untreated tendinitis can weaken a tendon and lead to chronic tendon degeneration or to a tendon tear.
Common causes of rotator cuff injuries include normal wear and tear. Increasingly after age 40, normal wear and tear on your rotator cuff can cause a breakdown of fibrous protein (collagen) in the cuff’s tendons and muscles. This makes them more prone to degeneration and injury. With age, you may also develop calcium deposits within the cuff or arthritic bone spurs that can pinch or irritate your rotator cuff. Another cause is poor posture. When you slouch your neck and shoulders forward, the space where the rotator cuff muscles reside can become smaller. This can allow a muscle or tendon to become pinched under your shoulder bones (including your collarbone). Using your arm to break a fall or falling on your arm can bruise or tear a rotator cuff tendon or muscle. It’s also common among people in the building trades, such as painters and carpenters. Risk factors can be decreased or eliminated with shoulder-strengthening exercises, especially for the less commonly strengthened muscles on the back of the shoulder and around the shoulder blades.
A few weeks ago I wrote about my ankle injury and how after several sessions in the Magnesphere Chair the swelling and pain were completely gone. It seems as if I am inventing injuries to test out the effectiveness of the therapy. Why I became interested in the rotator cuff injuries is because I have been suffering with one for the past weeks. It started around the same time as the ankle injury and became worse during the following week. Of course I tried the protocol for this injury and guess what?? It works. I had the severe shooting pain symptoms and weakness even holding a coffee cup. Seven years ago I had a similar injury and worked with a trainer on an exercise routine which took several weeks. This is the first time since then that I have had a problem. After five sessions using the Magnesphere Therapy it is so much better. It is not perfect yet but much better. At least the shooting pain has stopped and I have better range of motion without pain. One of the other people trying the Magnesphere has had some improvement with his injury. The other person had no improvement in her rotator cuff pain but had hip pain improvement.
We continue to learn about different ailments and how everyone responds differently as they do with physio, acupuncture and other treatments. To be continued……
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