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Orthopaedics & Joint Replacement | Posted on 05/10/2020 by RBH
A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm firmly within the shallow socket of your shoulder. The four tendons attach the muscles of your upper arm bone (humerus) to the shoulder blades and the ribs.
Tendons in the rotator cuff can be injured easily as they work in a very tight space. Some of the common injuries of the rotator cuff include:
Inflammation of any one of the four tendons causes pain only during specific movements where the tendon involved is the swollen one. This condition usually occurs over time when the shoulder is kept in one position for a long time or when one does an activity involving heavy shoulder movement. Many sportsmen suffer from this injury. It is also referred to as tennis shoulder, swimmer’s shoulder, etc.
The symptoms of rotator cuff tendonitis include:
Rotator cuff injuries become rather common once the person crosses 60 other risk factors including:
There is a small fluid-filled sac in our shoulder joints called a bursa. Bursae (plural for bursa) protects the bones of our joints from friction. When this fluid-filled sac becomes inflamed it is known as shoulder bursitis. It is also known as subacromial bursitis, which can be treated in various ways.
The bursa acts as the cushion for your joints and bursitis can cause pain and difficulty in shoulder movement. The symptoms include:-
People who use their shoulders more than an average person are more prone to suffering from shoulder bursitis. This includes musicians, carpenters, construction site workers, and sports persons.
However, anyone can injure themselves and get shoulder bursitis.
Other causes include:
After the rotator cuff is severely injured or weakened by either bursitis or tendonitis, the rotator cuff tendons tear, which can cause a lot of pain and discomfort to the patient. It is a common injury in sports like baseball, cricket, and tennis, and jobs like painting, window cleaning, etc. these jobs cause wear and tear of the tendons that eventually leads to injuries like this.
One cannot always recognize a tear in the shoulder tendon, but in some cases, one might suspect it.
Tendon tears can be treated like all shoulder injuries;