Do I Have a Rotator Cuff Injury?
Unlike other parts of our bodies, an injured shoulder can affect a lot of our day-to-day lives. Leg injuries can be overcome with crutches, a scooter, or even a wheelchair. We can still get to work and accomplish a lot as we heal.
A rotator cuff injury can be a lot more disabling, at least at first. You may not be able to work at a computer, lift groceries, or even carry your kids. Thankfully, there are ways to treat an injured rotator cuff. Keep reading to learn more about this common injury.
- Talking to your doctor is an important step if you think you have a damaged rotator cuff. After discussing your history or injury, you may be asked to move your shoulder. Tell your physician if you have any pain or weakness.
- If you don’t have a severe tear, you may be asked to manage your rotator cuff injury non-surgically. Letting your arm and shoulder rest is very important, so you may be asked to wear a sling for a time. Avoiding sports and activities that require use of your shoulder may also be high on the list.
- If you have pain, then your doctor may recommend that you take ibuprofen to help with the pain and swelling in your shoulder. In addition, physical therapy and strengthening exercises might be able to help your shoulder recover without surgery. Stretching and slowing increasing your flexibility and strength is important. Relieving pain and reducing further injury will be very important.
- Surgery might be recommended if you work with your arm and shoulder, and cannot take the time for non-surgical recovery. Especially if the tear came from an injury (and not repetitive use), then surgery may help speed up your process. During the procedure, the tendon can be reattached and allowed to heal before you go back to work or sports.
If you think you may have torn your rotator cuff, either through an injury or repeated movement, call us today at (707) 258-2547 to schedule a consultation. We can help keep your injury from getting worse, and get you back to work!