Rotator Cuff injuries occur when tendons near the shoulder joint are injured and tear. In extreme cases, they can separate from the shoulder bone. This usually occurs as a result of abnormal function of the shoulder joint and/or spine.
What Are the Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injury?
The symptoms include pain in the shoulder at night and at rest, especially when lying on the affected shoulder, weakness or pain when rotating or lifting the arm. The pain may stop you from combing or brushing your hair or putting on a t-shirt or jumper. A crackling sensation when moving the shoulder into particular positions may also be a symptom of injury to the rotator cuff.
Sudden tears to the rotator cuff from falls or injuries tend to cause intense pain and may be followed by weakness or a snapping sensation in the upper part of the arm.
Degenerative tears that occur over time and develop slowly cause weakness and pain, which may involve pain that moves down the arm or pain when lifting the arm to the side. Pain may become progressively worse and pain medications may dull the pain at first but will become ineffective.
The focus of chiropractic care in these cases involves identification of the abnormal movement patterns of the spine and shoulder. Once located, specific chiropractic adjustments will be delivered to help the body to restore normal function and hasten recovery.