Rotator Cuff and Shoulder

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

Injuries to the shoulder and rotator cuff can occur in people who often do overhead lifts. Depending on the type of injury, different recoveries will be recommended to patients who experience shoulder injuries. Damage to the shoulder can be caused by a tear in the rotator cuff or a condition known as frozen shoulder, which can occur after healing from an injury. Depending on the type of injury and its severity, your recovery may include surgery and physical therapy, which will often emphasize shoulder exercises.

Shoulder Arthritis

Arthritis can cause damage to the joint and to the surrounding muscles. Shoulder arthritis can come in different forms including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, avascular necrosis, and rotator cuff tear arthropathy. Treatments for shoulder arthritis can include surgery or physical therapy, but your physician will decide which method of treatment is best for you.

Shoulder Sports Injuries

Sports injuries to the shoulder can include dislocated shoulder, rupture of the biceps tendon, shoulder joint tear (glenoid labrum tear), shoulder pain, and shoulder separation. Other injuries like shoulder instability and impingement can happen as the result of the joint moving out of place or excessive overhead arm movements.

Exercises for Shoulder Health

  • Frozen shoulder
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder arthroscopy diagram
  • Shoulder impingement (bursitis, tendinitis)

Find out more about the Shoulder from the Orthopaedics connection website of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

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