How Does One Tear Their Rotator Cuff?



How does one tear their rotator cuff? A question I've been asking myself for the last three weeks now. You see, I'm accident prone, (technically, the term is hyper-mobile, but whatever) and I tend to get hurt quite often. Well, back in March something in my shoulder popped while I was working out. I wasn't sure what it was, and I stayed off of it for a week to let it heal. After I thought it healed, I went back to my normal workout routine. 

Fast forward to late April-early May, my should began to hurt just to reach for things at work, or lift boxes. I decided it was time to go and actually get it checked out. My first stop was the student health center on campus. I figured it wasn't anything serious and they could probably help me, rather than heading to my orthopedist. Wrong. 

They weren't sure what was wrong, so they just gave me a sling and told me they needed me to come back in for x-rays, and they could call someone out for me. No thank you. I ended up just heading to my orthopedist. Three hours, and many x-rays later, they didn't see anything wrong with my bone structure (yay!), but it was probably an issue with my ligaments/muscles (boo). 

They're not sure exactly what muscles/ligaments it is, and don't want to rush into things. So for now I'm doing lots of Physical Therapy until I go back to get it checked out again. If it's still not better, they're sending me for an MRI...Let's hope it's something simple, and not a torn rotator cuff (which they think it may be).

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  1. I have learnt that rotator cuff injury and inflammation is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. There are three common conditions that can affect the rotator cuff: rotator cuff tendonitis, rotator cuff impingement syndrome and a rotator cuff tear. Most people with rotator cuff problems can be successfully treated by a combination of rest, painkillers, anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy and steroid injections. Surgery is sometimes an option. Have you heard about Dr. Ahluwalia who specializes in torn rotator cuff surgery in Beverly Hills? He is very famous over here, his reviews are strong and have found them very useful for my one of the project on rotator cuff injury. Thanks

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