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  2. Rotator Cuff Injuries The rotator cuff is made up of 4 muscles Treatment: Causes of rotator cuff injury can include: and their tendons in the shoulder: For a recent injury to the rotator cuff, rest, ice, and an anti-inflammatory medication is usually recommended. Degeneration / normal wear-and-tear Supraspinatus Excessive overhead movements Infraspinatus You may keep your arm in a sling initially, but movement is recommended as to prevent a frozen shoulder (stiffness and pain due to lack of movement). Repetitive stress/motions/trauma Teres minor Poor posture or postural abnormalities Subscapularis that can pinch structures of the rotator cuff For chronic pain, treatment options include physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the area, pain control, and/or steroid injections, if appropriate. These muscles work together to keep the (causing an impingement syndrome) shoulder stable in its joint when you raise A fall or powerful resistive force your arm overhead, in front of you, or Tendinitis, which can decrease the integrity of the behind your head or back. Surgery is indicated to repair large tears or for bone spur removal. tendons When one or more of the muscles of the Symptoms may include: rotator cuff are injured, the rotator cuff is You can prevent rotator cuff injury/pain by performing shoulder strengthening and range of motion exercises, resting appropriately at work or in situations where repetitive or abnormal stresses are placed on the shoulder, and using cold or heat for stiffness or pain to relieve symptoms. Pain, especially with lifting, reaching overhead or out to unable to properly stabilize the shoulder, the side, or bringing your arm behind your back and could result in pain, as well as limita- Weakness tions in range of motion and strength. Decreased range of motion (especially out to the side or The rehabilitation and outcome of a rotator difficulty reaching above shoulder height) cuff injury is dependent on the extent of Your physical therapist can develop an appropriate exercise program for your condition. Point tenderness the injury, whether there is a muscle Aching strain, tendonitis, bursitis, impingement, This brochure is compliments of: and/or tear/partial tear of a muscle. Tendency to want to keep the arm inactive ADVANCED PHYSICAL THERAPY & HEALTH SERVICES 444 N. Northwest Hwy., Suite 202 Park Ridge, IL 60068 Phone: (847) 268-0280 Examination: You may undergo a physical examination to assess strength and range of motion. Your physician may also request an MRI, X-ray, or Ultrasound scan. www.apths.com