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Rotator Cuff Tears Risk factors, Prevention & Treatment

Rotator cuff tear it’s the most hazardous injury especially for athletes, laborers and for people from all walks of life. The rotator cuff comprises of four tendons and muscles which connect around the shoulder’s joint on the above of humerus the top arm bone above the elbow. Jointly they form a “cuff” that both holds your arms in place and let it move in many different directions. While your shoulder is very important mobile joints, so it may get weak. Having too much stress on this joint, can cause tears and swelling in the tendons of rotator cuff. Sudden stress makes tendons get a way from the bone or it can bring tear in the middle of the tendon.

 

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Risk factors
Holding heavy weight is one of the frequent reasons of shoulder pain so avoid lifting heavy objects. Monotonous over head movement of your arms would stress your rotator cuff muscles and tendons which will cause tearing muscles. The size of a bone can increase at the part of the shoulder blade that obtrudes above the rotator cuff. This newly formed extra bone would irritate and weaken the tendons. As you get older, the risk of having rotator cuff injury increases. This particular pain has been seen in the people older than 40. Athletes are the most notable people if you talk about having shoulder’s injury as their chances of getting shoulder pain are much more than common people.
Prevention
Many people prefer to exercise the frontal muscles of the chest, shoulder and upper arm. It is also important to keep the muscles strong in the back of the shoulder and around the shoulder blade to sustain shoulder muscle balance. You must consult a physical therapist that would help you have a guided plan of exercise. Always warm up before doing any physical work and prevent yourself from doing any activity which harms your shoulder muscles. Make it a habit to do some stretching exercises before and after an activity as it is a reasonable way of saving yourself from shoulder pain.
Treatment
The treatment of shoulder pain is very steady and slow so you must have patience when you are recovering from it. Avoid any movement or activity that harms the muscles of your shoulders. Icing your shoulders three times a day would save you from having shoulder pain. Ask for a shoulder exercise plan from your doctor and make it the part of your daily activities. Physical therapy is the best way to make your shoulder muscles strong. Therefore, consult your physical therapist for that, at least once a month.

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Figuring Out Your True Back Pain Diagnosis

The best back pain treatments in the world won’t do much good if the diagnosis is not correct. In fact, the number one reason for a failed back surgery is because of a wrong diagnosis. Take charge of your back pain by making sure you have the correct diagnosis before you go forward with treatment.

MRI results are not necessarily the diagnosis Always remember, your MRI findings are not necessarily the cause of your back pain or neck pain. Many people over the age of 30 have a spine that is showing some wear and tear, but this does not mean that they are in any pain. Studies have shown that many people with no pain or other symptoms often have some sort of disc problem show up on an MRI scan. In fact, the surgeon will usually know what he or she is looking for (based on your physical exam and medical history) prior to even ordering an MRI scan. The purpose of the MRI scan is mainly to help confirm the diagnosis and to help the surgeon plan the surgery.

Don’t worry too much about terminology Many health practitioners use different diagnostic terms to mean the same thing (such as a slipped disc or herniated disc), or use the same term to mean different things (such as bulging disc, which can refer to degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc). There is little agreement in the medical field as to the precise definition of any of these terms. If you hear your diagnosis referred to in different terms by different practitioners, you may question what the real diagnosis is. Rather than focusing on the terminology that refers to anatomy, we recommend focusing on the clinical diagnosis – which is the cause of your pain. Causes and treatments for back pain involve a surprisingly complex set of factors, and unfortunately the experts don’t agree on many aspects of back pain. That’s why it’s important that you continue to educate yourself on your own condition and treatment program – as no one is more motivated to manage your condition than you. Finding the exact cause of your pain and the correct way to treat it is the best way to rehabilitate your back.

MRI results are not necessarily the diagnosis Always remember, your MRI findings are not necessarily the cause of your back pain or neck pain. Many people over the age of 30 have a spine that is showing some wear and tear, but this does not mean that they are in any pain. Studies have shown that many people with no pain or other symptoms often have some sort of disc problem show up on an MRI scan. In fact, the surgeon will usually know what he or she is looking for (based on your physical exam and medical history) prior to even ordering an MRI scan. The purpose of the MRI scan is mainly to help confirm the diagnosis and to help the surgeon plan the surgery.

Don’t worry too much about terminology Many health practitioners use different diagnostic terms to mean the same thing (such as a slipped disc or herniated disc), or use the same term to mean different things (such as bulging disc, which can refer to degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc). There is little agreement in the medical field as to the precise definition of any of these terms. If you hear your diagnosis referred to in different terms by different practitioners, you may question what the real diagnosis is. Rather than focusing on the terminology that refers to anatomy, we recommend focusing on the clinical diagnosis – which is the cause of your pain. Causes and treatments for back pain involve a surprisingly complex set of factors, and unfortunately the experts don’t agree on many aspects of back pain. That’s why it’s important that you continue to educate yourself on your own condition and treatment program – as no one is more motivated to manage your condition than you. Finding the exact cause of your pain and the correct way to treat it is the best way to rehabilitate your back.

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