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Rotator Cuff Injury

A Rotator Cuff Injury is a common shoulder injury that most commonly causes shoulder pain and shoulder aches. The part of the shoulder affected in a rotator cuff injury is the group of tendons and muscles around the shoulder joint that provide stability and movement.

Rotator Cuff Injuries occurs frequently in athletes and people whose jobs involve frequent motion of the shoulders. These types of shoulder injuries are also more common in older patients. Other causes of a Rotator Cuff Injury include falling on your arm and lifting heavy items.

A Rotator Cuff Injury can be a Rotator Cuff Strain (shoulder strain) or a Rotator Cuff Tear (shoulder tear). While a torn Rotator Cuff is more severe than a Rotator Strain, strains should not be ignored, as they can get worse if left untreated.

Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Injury

  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder aches
  • Difficulty sleeping on your side
  • Difficulty lifting your arm over your head
  • Arm weakness

Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries

The Spine & Rehab Group’s locations in NYC and New Jersey offer comprehensive non-surgical treatments for shoulder pain and Rotator Cuff Injuries. Shoulder pain and shoulder injury treatment may include:

  • Physical Therapy: Skilled Physical Therapists will create a custom physical therapy treatment plan to help relieve your shoulder pain and heal your injury. Physical therapy can help increase flexibility and range of motion.
  • Interventional Pain Management: Non-surgical pain management procedures may be recommended when a Rotator Cuff Injury causes severe pain. Steroid injections into the shoulder joint work to relieve shoulder pain, decrease inflammation and allow a patient to complete a Physical Therapy treatment program.
  • Anti Inflammatory Medication: The use of anti-inflammatory medication, or NSAIDS, may be recommended to decrease inflammation of the shoulder and reduce pain.
  • Medical Massage Therapy: Manual techniques such as Medical Massage can be helpful to a shoulder injury. It is important to work with a massage therapist who is skilled in sports injuries.

The Spine & Rehab Group’s Shoulder Specialists

Our team of Pain Management Specialists and Sports Medicine Doctors in Manhattan and New Jersey are skilled in the diagnosis and non-surgical treatment of Rotator Cuff injuries and other shoulder injuries. During your initial consultation and evaluation, diagnostic testing may be requested. X-rays are provided in the office.