A group of four small muscles called the Rotator Cuff are injured and weak in almost all shoulder problems. The 4 muscles are depicted below. Their names are the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis.
Why is the Rotator Cuff Injured and Weak?
- These four small muscles are working anytime you move your arm. If they are not strong they will be easily overworked and strained.
- The blood supply to the Rotator Cuff Starts to diminsh around age 40. This means less nutrition to the muscles.
- Most health club exercise programs pay little attention to the Rotator Cuff. In fact many exercises slowly damage the Rotator Cuff. For some safe and effective Rotator cuff exercises click here.
- If you have previously had shoulder pain and been treated only with rest and medication your Rotator Cuff will be very vulnerable to re-injury; You need to strengthen it to prevent a chronic problem.
So when we talk about the various shoulder problems such as Tendinitis, Bursitis, Arthritis, Sprains, Strains and Tears you must have treatment of your Rotator Cuff to fix the problem.
Treatment of Rotator Cuff Problems