It is estimated that up to 67% of the general population suffers from rotator cuff injuries at some point in their lives; here are some common causes:
A rotator cuff injury occurs when one or more of the four tendons and muscles that make up the rotator cuff become strained, torn, or inflamed. This injury can cause pain and reduced range of motion in the shoulder joint. Rotator cuff injuries can often be treated with rest, physical therapy, medications, and in some cases, surgery. Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury may include pain when lifting the arm, weakness in the shoulder or arm, and a popping or crackling sound when moving the shoulder.
An osteopath can help treat rotator cuff injuries by using a combination of manual therapies such as massage, stretching and joint mobilisation. These techniques are used to reduce muscle tension, improve range of motion, and increase blood flow to the area. Additionally, an osteopath can advise exercises to help strengthen the shoulder muscles and promote recovery.
The amount of time it takes for an osteopath to treat a rotator cuff injury will depend on the severity of the injury, age and overall health of the patient. Generally, treatment can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months. It is important to note that recovery times may vary depending on the individual's response to treatment.
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