Rotator Cuff Strain
A rotator cuff strain is a tear or over stretching of one of the four muscles in the shoulder that makes up what is known as the rotator cuff. There are 3 grades of rotator cuff strain severity. Grade 1 (mild) is minimal damage to the muscle fibers that usually results in a slight decrease in range of motion and strength. Grade 2 (moderate) strains are partial tearing of the muscles with moderate strength and range of motion loss. Grade 3 (severe) strains classified as 50-100% of the muscle is torn leading to complete loss of range of motion and strength in a certain direction and is usually a surgical case. Recovery of rotator cuff strains can vary from 1 week to 1 year depending on severity.
A rotator cuff strain can progress over time to be more severe, lead to shoulder impingement syndrome, or lead to compensation pain in the shoulder, back, and neck if not addressed. It is usually treated with extensive muscle work (Active Release Technique, Graston technique, or massage therapy), electrotherapy (muscle stimulation, ultrasound, etc), chiropractic adjustments, kinesio tape or rock tape, and physical therapy.
If you have been suffering with rotator cuff or shoulder pain, schedule an appointment today to see how our boulder chiropractors can help.