Behind your shoulder blade, wrapping around your shoulder, is a small group of muscles and tendons known as your Rotator Cuff.
What does your Rotator Cuff actually do?
Although small in size, the Rotator Cuff is essential for effective arm movements and an injury can take you out of the game for weeks. The Rotator Cuff wraps around the top of the arm bone, and keeps the shoulder within its socket. If it is damaged (stretched or torn), or even worse ruptured completely, moving the arm at all can become a real struggle.
What causes Rotator Cuff injuries?
Although there are many causes of injuries to the rotator cuff, the most common issues stem from:
- Sports – Excessive reaching or movement of the arm (on purpose or by accident), for example touch football, Austag, AFL, rugby league and other contact sports
- Age and gender can have a large part to play, men seem to be more susceptible to rotator cuff injuries and this increases with age
- Jobs that require heavy lifting, a lot of work above head height and use of the arms commonly experience rotator cuff injuries such as plastering, painting and carpentry
How can our physiotherapists help?
As always, we prefer to deal on a prevention over cure basis. This means we focus on stopping injuries or illness’ before they occur so you can live your best life. Whether you are aware of ongoing weakness to do with your rotator cuff (through work or sport) or think you may already be injured, we can help in more ways than one!
- Design exercises that build the strength of the muscles in the rotator cuff
- Work progressively with your range of motion and mobility of the arm
- Support you through any worker’s compensation claims that you may have
- Build your confidence in the gym environment to help your rehabilitation run smoothly
- Work with your GP and use your scans to ensure you are treated effectively