The rotator cuff are the muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint which keep the arm attached to the shoulder socket. It causes mild pain which is felt most when sleeping on the affected side.
Such injuries occur most in people who perform repeated overhead motions such as sportspeople. Occurrence risk may increase with age. In many cases physical therapy exercises can help cure it. Sometimes a single injury may cause it. Severe injuries may require surgical repair.
The symptoms of a rotator cuff injury can include: Arm/Shoulder pain, weakness in the shoulder, inability to sleep on the affected side, snapping or crackling sound when moving the shoulder.
It may be the result of a single injury or repeated stress caused by overhead activity over a longtime.
Unless the injury heals on its own overtime the following treatments may be used: resting the joint by for example using a sling, icing the shoulder, doing motion exercises or getting physical therapy and using anti-inflammatory medication. In severe injury cases surgery may be required.
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