Rotator cuff pain and Shoulder impingement: Chiropractic topics

Tears of the rotator cuff are a common shoulder injury that may result from a fall or traumatic event such as lifting a heavy akward object. Persistent weakness of the shoulder is the most common symptom of a tear of the rotator cuff. MRI is the primary method of evaluating for a true tear of the rotator cuff. For acute injury of the rotator cuff with weakness, MRI may be a first step in managment.
Pain in the shoulder that does not involve an actual tear of the tendons of the cuff is known as shoulder impingement. The condition is also sometimes called bursitis of the shoulder. Impingement of the shoulder is a common condition in people who work with arms overhead or in sports which require overhead motions (swimming, throwing). In this condition the tendons of the rotator cuff become impinged on the collar bone. Additionally, the biceps tendon may be a source of pain in impingement. Some people are more prone to shoulder impingement due to arthritic changes on the AC joint or oddly shaped collar bones.
MRI is generally reserved for persons who are not responsive to conservative care for several months.
Chiropractic management of shoulder impingement involves myofascial release of the tendons of the rotator cuff as well as exercises for the rotator cuff.

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