What You Should Know About Rotator Cuff SyndromeWith 250,000 people getting surgery each year for rotator cuff injuries, it’s little wonder that injuring your rotator cuff is a big deal. For athletes especially, sports medicine physicians are consulted frequently about rotator cuff syndrome.

It doesn’t necessarily take much to injure your rotator cuff. Falling on your outstretched arm or lifting something heavy with too strong a jerky motion are frequent causes of this injury. It can also come about via other shoulder injuries, including a dislocated shoulder and a broken collarbone.

The rotator cuff is a small group of four muscles that control the ball and socket joint that makes up the shoulder. It is essentially responsible for stabilizing your shoulder joint. When these muscles sustain an injury or a tear, it is often referred to as “rotator cuff syndrome.” Depending on the severity of the injury, the condition can be minor or extremely problematic.

In some cases, a tear can happen suddenly. More commonly, however, they happen gradually over time with repetitive use. Rotator cuff injuries are most common with overhead motions found in sports and activities such as tennis, baseball, swimming, football, weightlifting, and volleyball.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Syndrome

There are numerous symptoms of a rotator cuff injury, but the most common ones include:

  • Shoulder pain that occurs when lying on your side
  • Shoulder pain that occurs at rest
  • Shoulder pain that occurs when your arm is at your side or raised above your head
  • Shoulder weakness
  • A clicking sound when you move your shoulder

Treating Rotator Cuff Syndrome

Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment will vary. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, it’s important that you have an exam performed by an experienced physician, since your rotator cuff is important for control and stability of the shoulder. While some injuries are simply treated with rest, others may require surgery or physical therapy. When it comes to your shoulder, it’s best not to take chances.

Rotator Cuff Syndrome Treatment Options at HROSM

If you experience shoulder pain, the source of your discomfort may be rotator cuff syndrome. As with any orthopedic issue, it’s important you contact a physician right away.

At Hampton Roads Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, we offer various treatment options for orthopedic injuries, including shoulder injuries. We will determine the source of your pain and provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help you regain normal function of your shoulder. Visit us online page to learn more about the HROSM team or visit one of our six convenient locations. We look forward to seeing you!