If you have ever experienced a rotator cuff injury you are well aware of two unfortunate facts. One, that it can hurt, a lot, and two, that it can sincerely make generally simple daily activities very difficult. Nobody needs that. Life is crazy, busy, and hectic, and being slowed down by a painful injury only makes it more so. Fortunately, treating a rotator cuff injury can be done relatively simply, and even naturally if you know where to go.
Conventional western medicine may recommend a medication regimen, or even surgery, and in some cases either or both may be necessary, but before you try those things you may want to explore a more natural approach. That’s where chiropractic care comes in. Today we will be taking an in-depth look at how chiropractors can help you treat your rotator cuff injury.
What is a Rotator Cuff Injury?
Of course, no two injuries are the same but generally when people talk about a rotator cuff injury they are referring to either inflammation, or a tear in, you guessed it, the rotator cuff region. It is painful, inconvenient, and it can make otherwise simple motions very uncomfortable. Unfortunately, it is also very common. Over three million Americans suffer rotator cuff injuries every year, so if you find yourself afflicted you can at least be comfortable in the fact that you are far from alone.
Causes a Rotator Cuff Injuries
A rotator cuff injury can in fact be caused by any number of things but in general it is the result of repetitive motion. If you are in a job that requires the same motion over and over again you may very well be subject to a rotator cuff injury. Athletes are often similarly afflicted. There are also other ways that the injury can occur. For example, if you sustain a fall at a certain angle, you may experience a tear or inflammation in your rotator cuff. It may also occur naturally with age.
The injury can be avoided by minimizing repetitive motions but unfortunately this is easier said than done. If you work a job that requires repetition may not be able to avoid it, but the risk of injury can be minimized by taking breaks and recognizing your limits.
The good news is that if you do sustain a rotator cuff injury there are treatment options available that are natural and effective.
Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injuries
Before we discuss treatment, let’s take a look at a few of the symptoms associated with the affliction. The predominate symptom of a rotator cuff injury is unfortunately pain. More specifically, frequent pain. You may experience this discomfort both at rest and in action. What characterizes this affliction from other injuries is the way in which you experience your discomfort.
When you have suffered a rotator cuff injury you will likely notice that the pain is more pronounced when you perform specific motions. Specifically, the pain will be more pronounced when you perform the motion that resulted in the injury in the first place. You may also experience weakness in the afflicted arm to the point that it is difficult to move the limb at all. Another symptom is a cracking sensation as you move your arm in particular motions.
If you suffer any or all of these symptoms, it is prudent that you see a physician as soon as possible in order to avoid sustaining further injury. For the most natural and personalized treatment possible, your best bet is to see a chiropractor.
Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries
Your chiropractor is going to offer a highly personalized approach to treating your injury. In order to best execute this approach, they will begin their initial consultation by giving you an in-depth examination. After assessing your injury, they will then proceed to make a highly specialized treatment plan just for you.
Your treatment plan is designed with your own unique needs in mind. However, there are a few treatment methods that you can expect to encounter. For example, your chiropractor may apply a hot and cold routine to the afflicted are to promote healing in the damaged tendons. They may also use an electro muscular stimulation technique that is exactly what is sounds like: the application of electric shocks to the troubled area in order to reduce inflammation. They will also most likely recommend a series of exercises and stretches that will help you gain an increased range of motion, and a quicker recovery. A proper diet is another way to reduce inflammation, and your chiropractor may be able to make recommendations in that department as well. Your chiropractor will also be able to readjust your shoulders to correct whatever misalignment was experienced during your injury. Once they have performed this correction it should help expedite your recovery.
Shoulder pain and a decreased range of motion definitely are not fun, but when you experience them it is at least nice to know that there is a solution out there that takes your individualized needs into consideration. Remember, chiropractors are in the business of treating the person, not just the symptoms, so when you step into their office you can rest assured that you are getting unique, personalized care. If you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury in Austin, Dr. Moore and the staff of the Moore Chiropractic Health Care Center of Austin are ready to help get you out of pain safely and naturally. Contact us at (512) 459-5523 to get started on the path to feeling better today.
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