The main shoulder joint includes the humerus (upper arm bone) and the shoulder bones (scapula and clavicle) that contain a configuration of tendons called the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff tendons connect the bones in the shoulder to major muscles that provide arm and shoulder movement. When the tendons in the rotator cuff are injured or damaged, it can cause intense pain and impact shoulder movement. Our pain specialists at CLEAR Wellness Group offer rotator cuff injury treatment at our clinic in Chicago.

Causes and Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff tendons can be stretched or torn from sports injuries, falls and repetitive use injuries. Falling on an outstretched arm can tear rotator cuff tendons, especially in older adults with weakened tendons. Athletes overextend or strain their rotator cuff tendons, resulting in tears and injuries. When the rotator cuff tendons are damaged, inflammation can occur, pressing against nerves and other soft tissue in the shoulder.

A rotator cuff injury can occur suddenly with trauma or over time with repetitive use. When a rotator cuff injury or tear occurs, it can be painful and restrict arm/shoulder function. Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include:

In some cases, a rotator cuff injury can result in inflammation that impinges on soft tissues or nerves, causing additional pain and weakness in the shoulder, arm and hand.

If you have sustained an injury to your shoulder that is causing a loss of function or pain, you may have a rotator cuff injury. To receive a diagnosis and treatment for rotator cuff injuries, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group in Chicago to schedule an appointment.