The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint. While it’s essential for the shoulder’s strength and stabilization, it’s also susceptible to injury.
Rotator cuff injuries can cause dull, aching pain, particularly at night. They occur in around 22% of the population and become more common in older age. But, with preventative measures, you can keep these injuries from disrupting your daily activities.
Read on to learn how to prevent rotator cuff injuries and protect your shoulder mobility.
How to Prevent Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator cuff injuries are prevalent among people who engage in repetitive overhead activities, such as tennis, baseball, or golf. Along with these sports, reaching to paint a wall, accessing items on high shelves, or placing suitcases in an overhead bin can strain the rotator cuff over time.
To prevent rotator cuff injuries, avoid overworking the shoulder. Take breaks from overhead activities, and avoid overtraining if you participate in sports with frequent overhead motions. Warming up the shoulders before playing these sports can also lessen your risk.
If you experience shoulder pain, pay close attention to it. Give the shoulder a chance to heal and seek medical attention if the pain doesn’t go away after a few weeks of at-home care.
Treating Rotator Cuff Injuries
Many rotator cuff injuries resolve with conservative therapies, including rest, ice, and physical therapy. However, for severe rotator cuff tears, some physicians may recommend surgery.
To avoid the risks and complications associated with rotator cuff surgery, patients may consider regenerative treatments. Stem cell therapy and RegenaJoint from the Regenerative Orthopedic Institute stimulate the regeneration of damaged rotator cuff tissue, leading to lasting pain relief. These therapies don’t require anesthesia, incisions, or lengthy recovery times.
If you’re struggling with persistent shoulder pain, schedule a free consultation at the Regenerative Orthopedic Institute to learn about our innovative treatment options.