Risk Factors For Rotator Cuff Injuries

by Administrator 16. September 2015 14:07

Rotator Cuff is a group of tendons and muscles that help to keep the shoulder joint stable. They also enable the extensive movement of the joint. An injury to the Rotator Cuff can adversely affect even the basic daily activities such as lifting an object, pulling a door, brushing your hair etc. The condition may cause intense pain, stiffness, loss of motion, muscle weakness, tenderness and swelling in the shoulder joint.

Risk factors associated with Rotator Cuff injuries:

  • Falls or Accidents: In case of an accident or a fall which impacted the shoulder, there are chances of the tendons, ligaments or bursae to get bruised and cause pain.
  • Sports Activities: Sportsperson involved in racquet games or requiring repetitive movements of the shoulder, such as weightlifters, disc throwers, swimmers etc. are likely to suffer from a Rotator Cuff injury.
  • Construction Jobs: Occupations such as house painting or carpentry require repetitive overhead arm movements that may gradually cause damage to the Rotator Cuff.
  • Muscle Overuse: Anyone who is involved in jobs that require lifting heavy objects or keeping the shoulder joint over head for longer durations (e.g. painters) have an increased risk of sustaining the injury.
  • Arthritis: People who have Shoulder Arthritis are more prone to Rotator Cuff conditions. Arthritis weakens the bones as well as muscles, and cause related problems in the shoulder joint.
  • Age: As age progresses, people become more prone to Rotator Cuff injuries due to weakened muscles and stiff joints. The condition is more commonly seen in people aged over 40 years.
  • Heredity: Genetic factors are also linked to developing Rotator Cuff injuries.
  • Smoking: Smokers are more likely to be prone to Arthritis and weak muscles, hence at higher risk of sustaining Rotator Cuff injuries.

It is important to consult an orthopedic doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment of the injury. Based on the symptoms and range of motion of the shoulder joint, the doctor may recommend rest, hot/cold compressions, wearing a sling or medications. There could be other conditions accompanying Rotator Cuff injury, such as nerve damage, tearing of ligaments, torn cartilage etc. which, if not treated timely, increases the risk of further damage.

Dr. Fagelman is a Carrollton, TX based shoulder surgeon providing surgical and non-surgical treatment for Rotator cuff injuries. To schedule an appointment, you can call at (972) 492 – 1334.

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