Rotator Cuff Injuries

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Rotator Cuff Injuries The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles, the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis, and the teres minor. These muscles helps to lift your shoulder up over your head and also rotate it toward and away from your body. Unfortunately, it is also a group of muscles that is frequently injured by tears, tendonitis, impingement, bursitis, and strains. The major muscle that is usually involved is the supraspinatus muscle. Rotator Cuff Injuries are usually broken up into the following categories. Rotator Cuff Tendonitis usually occurs in people 30-80 years of age, and the weakness in the shoulder is only mild to moderate. Rotator cuff tendonitis, also knows as " shoulder bursitis" or "impingement syndrome" occurs…show more content…
Often these bone spurs helped to create the tear. Sometimes an MRI is ordered - this can show the doctor with great detail the rotator cuff tendon and where it is torn. If your doctor suspects a partial thickness tear (the tendon is not torn all the way through, just part of the way), an MR-arthrogram may be ordered, this involves an injection into your shoulder before the regular MRI. Instability Impingement. This occurs in younger patients, typically 15-30 years old. The rotator cuff is irritated because the shoulder is loose in the socket. This often happens in baseball pitchers, swimmers, and other throwing athletes. Shoulder instability can be classified into two different types, dislocations and subluxations. Dislocations happen when the head of the humerus completely pops out of the socket. The first few times this happens, it is usually with significant trauma although some people can have these without any injury at all. After that, it can get easier and easier for the joint to dislocate. Most shoulder dislocations are anterior - this means that the ball pops out the front of the socket. Subluxations are the feeling that the shoulder slips slightly out of socket, then immediately comes back in place. This often happens without any major trauma. Sometimes it happens in people who are very "loose-jointed". Sometimes these happen in just one direction like out the front, "anterior", and other times they happen out multiple directions like the front and back,
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