What is Rotator Cuff?
A rotator cuff is a group of tendons found in the upper arm. The tendons are responsible for helping us lift objects, rotate our wrists, and extend our arms. These tendons are also called the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, and subscapularis tendons. This is susceptible to injuries because of the amount of movement required and the amount of stress on the tendons.
The rotator cuff is composed of several tendons attached to a rotator muscle. When the tendons are strained, you experience an injury.
Tendinopathy is a painful condition that can take some time to recover from. Rotator cuff tendinopathy is a common condition that affects both athletes and desk workers alike. It is a painful condition that can take some time to recover from. This is a group of muscles in the shoulder. When these muscles are overused, they can become susceptible to tendinopathy. Several risk factors can lead to tendinopathy. These include:
Tendinopathy Risk Factors
- Overuse – This is the most common reason for tendinopathy. Overexertion can result from repetitive movements and excessive lifting. You may get tendinopathy if you repeatedly turn your arm so much that it causes pain.
- Age – The older you get, the more your tendons can tear. As we get older, our ligaments and tendons loosen up. This makes it easier for tendinopathy to develop.
Rotator Cuff Most Common Shoulder Injury
Rotator cuff injury is a common injury among athletes, especially those who participate in sports that require overhead motion. The most common injury is a tear in the muscle. These tears are often small and do not usually require medical attention. If you experience pain, stiffness, or weakness in your shoulder when not doing specific activities, you may have an injury.
Even the most seasoned athlete can suffer an injury. This is especially the case in sports with fast-paced movements like baseball, football, and hockey.
Rotator cuff injuries result from impingement, overload, and inappropriate training. This is the ligament that connects the humerus and the scapula (shoulder blade).
It stabilizes the shoulder and helps the rotator cuff move and rotate the arm. Over time, repetitive motion and overhead work can lead to impingement, overload, and inappropriate training. Any of these factors can cause an injury. These injuries can be severe or mild. They can also affect one or both of your rotator cuffs. The severity of your injury will determine the kind of exercise you need to strengthen your muscles. This article discussed the different rotator cuff injuries, the activities to strengthen it, and when you should see a doctor.
People have been asking me for clips from my fitness education webinars.
Here is a clip from The Most Effective Rotator Cuff Exercise Program:
Rick Kaselj, MS