There are 4 rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder. Each aids the shoulder in motion and stability, allowing the shoulder to pivot, rotate, and move freely while being held inside the glenoid fossa. Overuse or traumatic injury to the rotator cuff can create biomechanical stress on the shoulder joint resulting in discomfort, loss of motion, and pain.
Tears of the rotator cuff muscles are very common. They are typically small in size and thus are not surgical injuries. Even in cases of large tears (greater than 1.5 cm), a surgeon will opt for the patient to undergo alternative (non-surgical) therapies due to the fact that there is no evidence that suggests that waiting for surgery effects the outcome or success of the surgery.
It is always best to manage rotator cuff injuries with conservative non-surgical therapies first, provided you aren't a professional athlete or require high levels of shoulder function for your livelihood.
At CAM Clinic we have a vast array of treatment options to help with your rotator cuff injury. Our doctors have years of experience treating these injuries and have had great success in doing so. If you suspect that you have a rotator cuff injury, don't waste any more time, come into the Center for Alternative Medicine and have one of our highly skilled doctors examine your shoulder.