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What Is Rotator Cuff Strain?

Rotator Cuff injuries are most often the result of repetitive strains over a long period of time. The problem is common in those who perform repeated overhead activities, including athletes, painters and carpenters.

The term "Rotator Cuff" describes a group of four small muscles that hold your shoulder in its shallow socket while larger muscles move it. Strains and injuries to the rotator cuff are the most common cause of shoulder problems, accounting for 4.5 million doctor visits per year. Less than 10% of rotator cuff tears are the result of an acute injury like falling, pushing, pulling, throwing, or lifting. The vast majority of injuries are the result of repeated strains of "impingement".

Rotator Cuff impingement means the area where your rotator cuff tendon lives has become too crowded and the rotator cuff is pinched each time you raise your arm.


Most chronic strains begin silently with symptoms becoming more evident as the tear progresses. Pain is often localized to the front and outside of your shoulder but can sometimes radiate down your arm and can often be worse at night. Patients who have suffered an acute rotator cuff injury often report a "tearing" or "snapping" sensation accompanied by severe pain and weakness.

How We Can Help

Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:

Chiropractic Adjustment to improve flexibility and improve pain.

Myofascial Release to remove long-standing tightness

Therapeutic Exercises to strengthen weak muscles and help hold adjustments