Slips, Falls and Rotator Cuff Tears?
Nobody can deny that we have had a really really long winter. The DOT is having to ration out the salt to hopefully not go over budget or run out. I think Florida has seen an uptick of Minnesotans come their way this spring break as we are seeing the calendar enter into the first day of spring on 3/20 and we still have 2-3 feet of snow covering our lawns. With the increase in snow and ice we have seen more injuries from falls like fractures and Rotator Cuff Tears.
Has anybody told you that they have had a Rotator “Cup” injury or tear? Well, its kind of like an upside down cup, but its actually called the rotator cuff. It is made up of 4 muscles that surrounds the joint of the shoulder. All of the muscles originate on the shoulder blade or the scapula and attach at the shoulder or the humerus which the upper arm bone. The tendon is the attachment of the muscle to the bone and this is the area where rotator cuff tears happen. If someone has been diagnosed with a partial thickness tear, it means that some of the fibers of the tendon are torn, but doesn’t tear through the full thickness of the tendon.
Tendons don’t have the capability of healing like bone or muscle, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that a person needs to seek out an orthopedic surgeon to repair it. Often conservative management of physical therapy can create the stability and strength needed to improve the shoulder mechanics to protect it and recover to the individuals prior level of function.
The space in which the rotator cuff tendons are positioned relies on maintaining good posture. This is ensured with proper scapular stability to maintain the shoulders back and down, proper trunk stability to stabilize the ribcage from elevating, good thoracic or back range of motion for good elevation of the shoulder and adequate rotator cuff strength. At OSI Physical Therapy we have the education and training to evaluate and treat shoulder impingement and the pain that limits you from sleeping, reaching, lifting and more shoveling.
Take care or your rotator cuff and be cautious of the melting snow. Unfortunately winter is not over yet. Feel free to contact me with any questions about your rotator cuff or any other orthopedic concerns. firstname.lastname@example.org