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Rotator Cuff Injury Treatment in Croydon

Holding shoulder

The rotator cuff is the name given to a group of muscles that surround the shoulder joint. The muscles can be injured through overuse, excessive force, direct and indirect trauma.

The four muscles involved are referred to a (SITS), they include the following:

  • Supraspinatus
  • Infraspinatus
  • Teres Minor and
  • Subscapularis

Each of the muscles is involved in a slightly different angle of rotation of the humerus.

How do the muscles work?

With the arm at the side, the external rotators (outward turning) are the infraspinatus and teres minor, and the internal rotator (inward turning) is the subscapularis.

The Supraspinatus helps with raising the arm upwards to the side with the arm internally rotated as if pouring ourt a jug of water. This explanation is an over-simplification of the muscle functions, since the angle of pull of each muscle will change as the arm is moved through space.

  • Certain aspects of the structure and function make it more susceptible to injury. The muscles primarily function to hold the humerus (arm) onto the scapula, keeping the head of the humerus centred as the arm rotates inwards and outwards.
  • If the muscles are not fully upto the tasks they are prone to injury, knots and dislocastions of the shoulder can potentially arise.

Faulty biomechanics (mechanics of the body) usually plays a significant role in these injuries. They include:

  • Overuse of the muscles – repetitive movements of the arm
  • Excessive muscular strain – as in a throwing motion
  • Direct trauma – either from impingement or a direct blow
  • Indirect trauma – shoulder dislocation or sublaxation (partial dislocation)
  • Tendonitis (inflammation in the tendon), tendinosis (degenerative changes within the tendon) and even tearing. Shoulder impingement, subluxation and dislocation can all lead to damage to the shoulder capsule and rotator cuff tendons.

Treatment for Injuries

At Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd, our chiropractors and physiotherapists are expertly trained to provide injury rehab. As we have seen, the importance of the rotator cuff in its role as a major stabiliser of the arm and its essential ability to allow almost 360 degrees of movement cannot be taken lightly. Some effective treatment approaches include rehab band strengthening and stretching routines, therapeutic ultrasound and interferential therapy.

Our clinics in Perth Western Australia also provide Medical Practitioner services and injections for the shoulder which have shown great results. These treatments for shoulder pain include prolotherapy, biomesotherapy, cortisone and other specialist techniques.

By obtaining the correct training program and preventative chiropractic and physiotherapy consultation, our therapists can help.

Book Your Consultation

If you are in need of rehab, need help or advice then contact Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd.


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