How does a rotator cuff work?
Keeping this in view, how do I know if I have damaged my rotator cuff?
The most common symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:
- Pain at rest and at night, particularly if lying on the affected shoulder.
- Pain when lifting and lowering your arm or with specific movements.
- Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm.
- Crepitus or crackling sensation when moving your shoulder in certain positions.
Secondly, how does a rotator cuff tear happen? Rotator cuff tears may occur in two ways: A sudden acute tear may happen when you fall on your arm while it is stretched out. Or, it can occur after a sudden, jerking motion when you try to lift something heavy. A chronic tear of the rotator cuff tendon occurs slowly over time.
Thereof, what is the best treatment for rotator cuff injury?
- Apply ice to decrease swelling.
- Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen and naproxen may help reduce pain and swelling.
- A sling may help support the arm rest the rotator cuff muscles.
Will rotator cuff heal on its own?
A minor rotator cuff injury often heals on its own, with proper care.