Rotator Cuff Tears
What Is Considered A Rotator Cuff Tear?
When the rotator cuff MUSCLE is torn, most people refer to it as a 'strained' or 'pulled muscle'. In the rotator cuff muscle, even the smallest tear can create a significant amount of damage and pain to the shoulder. (If you recall, the rotator cuff is in control of the intricate fine-tuning for the health of your entire shoulder.) The good news is muscle has a much higher blood supply and will heal MUCH faster than a torn tendon. However, the torn tissue will again heal with that nasty scar-tissue adhesion.
Depending on which rotator cuff was torn, the pain can be felt anywhere from the back of the shoulder to the front of the shoulder or deep inside the shoulder.
Most tears will also make it very difficult to lift weights, throw anything, and perform overhead type activities.
What's Going Wrong In Rotator Cuff Tears
How Can ART Help Rotator Cuff Tears?PARTIAL TEARS: Partial rotator cuff tears have an excellent prognosis with ART. The adhesions that build up around the tear site are the main cause of pain and dysfunction in the shoulder. ART can release the adhesions, getting rid of the pain. The secondary effect of releasing the adhesion is an increase in the strength and flexibility of the rotator cuff. This allows the humerus to be pulled into balance with the shoulder and decrease the likelihood of Impingement, Bursitis, Bicipital Tendonitis and Osteoarthritis. Once pain is diminished, proper stretching and exercises are key.
COMPLETE TEARS: In some complete tear cases, the separated pieces are close enough to mend back together. The usual case from a complete tear, though, will most likely need surgery. Post-surgery, however, most people will still feel residual tightness and achiness in the shoulder. In those cases, the remainder adhesion and scar tissue must be treated with ART for full recovery. At that point, stretches and exercises will again be key.
What if I tore my rotator cuff years ago and it still hurts? Active Release therapy directed to the site of the tear can usually resolve many of the symptoms associated with a torn rotator cuff like pain and difficulty lifting things. This is because the adhesion that forms when the tear heals is usually what causes the weakness, poor bio-mechanics, and pain within the shoulder. Even if the adhesion formed 2 years ago, it can still be removed with Active Release. If this is the case, the shoulder pain will resolve.
Success Stories of those whose main shoulder problem was a rotator cuff tearActual stories of actual patients at our clinic with a Rotator Cuff Tear.
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