We’ve all heard the phrase “shoulder to the wheel,” but for those dealing with a shoulder rotator cuff injury, this phrase takes on a whole new meaning. The shoulder rotator cuff is responsible for providing stability and movement to the shoulder joint; thus, when it becomes injured, it can be very debilitating.
Unfortunately, treatment for this type of injury is somewhat limited, and few options are available to those looking for a solution.
However, shockwave therapy has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for shoulder rotator cuff injuries. It can provide much-needed relief for those dealing with the pain associated with this type of injury.
In this blog, we’ll explain how shockwave therapy works, the stages of tear severity, the types of modalities for treatment, and other therapies that can be used to help treat shoulder rotator cuff injuries.
What is Meant by Shoulder Rotator Cuff Injury?
A shoulder rotator cuff injury refers to damage or strain to the group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, and help stabilize and move the shoulder.
Rotator cuff injuries can occur due to various reasons, including acute trauma, repetitive overhead activities, aging, and degenerative changes. Common causes of rotator cuff injuries include falls, lifting heavy objects, sports-related activities, and gradual wear and tear over time.
The most common symptom of rotator cuff injury is pain that radiates from the shoulder down the arm and can be accompanied by weakness and/or difficulty with movement.
Stages of Tear Severity
When diagnosing a shoulder rotator cuff injury, it is important to classify the tear severity. The four stages are:
- Partial Thickness Tear: A partial thickness tear occurs when the tendon is partially torn, but some of it remains attached to the bone.
- Full-Thickness Tear: A full-thickness tear occurs when the tendon has completely separated from the bone.
- Impingement Syndrome: This occurs when the tendon is pinched or compressed (often due to repetitive overhead activities).
- Tendinitis: Tendinitis is when the tendon has become thickened and inflamed due to repetitive strain or overuse.
Modalities for Treatment
When treating a shoulder rotator cuff injury, there are various modalities that can be used to help reduce pain and improve function. Some of these modalities include:
Lease therapy is a technique that uses electrical energy to reduce pain and improve healing. It involves applying a low-level electrical current to the affected area for a period of time, which has been shown to help reduce inflammation and pain.
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is a technique that uses electromagnetic energy to stimulate cells and encourage healing. It has been shown to reduce inflammation, increase range of motion, and improve tissue repair.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses high-energy sound waves to stimulate healing and reduce pain. It has been used to help reduce inflammation, improve tissue repair, and provide pain relief.
Physical Therapy Exercises:
Physical therapy exercises are an important part of the treatment plan for shoulder rotator cuff injuries. They can help to reduce pain, improve range of motion, and help restore strength. Exercises may include stretching, strengthening the rotator cuff muscles, and improving shoulder blade control.
How Shockwave Therapy Can Help?
Shockwave therapy is a safe and effective treatment for shoulder rotator cuff injuries. It has the ability to reduce inflammation, promote tissue repair, improve blood circulation, and reduce pain.
The innovative treatment provides a viable solution to tackle the issue of damaged tissue regeneration resulting from impaired blood circulation.
By stimulating the regenerative capabilities of your body, you can experience the amazing benefits offered by this cutting-edge technology.
Shoulder rotator cuff injuries can be very debilitating, and finding an effective solution can be difficult. However, shockwave therapy has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment option for those looking to reduce pain and improve function.
At Divine Healing Chiropractic in Santa Ana, California, we offer specialized care for shoulder rotator cuff injuries, utilizing shockwave therapy to help reduce pain and improve function.
With Dr. Azien Mousavi’s expertise, you can be sure that you’re in the best of hands and on your way to a speedy recovery. Contact us today to learn more about shockwave therapy and how it can help you. We look forward to helping you get back on your feet.