Your rotator cuff is an important group of control and stability muscles that maintain “centralisation” of your shoulder joint. In other words, it keeps the shoulder ball centred over the small socket. This prevents injuries such as impingement, subluxations and dislocations.
We also know that your rotator cuff provides stable, but subtle, glides and slides of the ball joint on the socket to allow full shoulder movement.
Once you suspect any rotator cuff injury, it is important to confirm the exact type of your rotator cuff injury since treatment does vary depending on the specific or combination of rotator cuff injuries.
What is the best Treatment for a Shoulder Injury
There are numerous structures that can be injured in rotator cuff impingement and each structure may require a different treatment modality. The importance of understanding WHY the impingement has occurred in the first place is actually the most important step to both the short-term resolution and the prevention of recurrent shoulder impingements, which could predispose you to a rotator cuff tear and subsequent surgery.
Since your shoulder impingement injuries and treatment options can vary considerably, it is always important to arrange an appointment with Dr. Park who has a special interest in shoulder injuries.