A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, stabilizing the head of the upper arm bone in the socket of the shoulder. Severe injuries may require surgical repair.
Causes of rotator cuff injuries include sports injuries, lifting or pulling repetitive stress, or bone spurs.
Pain associated with a rotator cuff injury can present as a dull or deep ache in the shoulder, disturbed sleep, difficulty reaching behind the back, or arm weakness.
A.M.I.T. ® Explanation: Rotator cuff syndrome is caused by an injury to one or more of the four shoulder muscles: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, or Subscapularis (SITS) muscles. When these muscles are injured, their attachments, or entheses, become inflamed and cause pain any time the muscle is stressed. The A.M.I.T. ® method is the most efficient way to correct this condition. If a patient does not respond to therapy within two to three visits, the rotator cuff is torn requiring surgical repair.