Rotator cuff injuries are a common cause of pain and disability among adults. Each year, almost 2 million people in the United States visit their doctors because of a rotator cuff problem. This might seem like a new problem but it isn’t. In generations past, rotator cuff problems were often referred to as “bursitis” of the shoulder and was very common.

What Causes Rotator Cuff Injuries?

Most shoulder injuries occur in part because the underlying muscles are not working correctly. This contributes to dysfunction of the rotator cuff, degenerative labral tears, bone spurs and other shoulder problems.

These underlying muscular problems often trace back to improper body mechanics and other factors you can control. Some causes are hereditary. Some rotator cuff injuries happen suddenly to young, healthy people who have accidents.

Most muscular problems can be treated effectively with trigger point therapy and neuromuscular therapy. This approach restores function to the rotator cuff muscles, improves range of motion, reduces pain and improves strength.

What is The Rotator Cuff?

Symptoms of rotator cuff injury can include shoulder pain, which is often worse with movement. A injured rotator cuff will also weaken your shoulder. This means that many daily activities, like getting dressed or washing, drying, brushing or combing your hair may become painful and difficult to accomplish.