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Condition: Rotator Cuff Tear
Medical Name: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor or Subscapularis partial or full thickness tear.
What is it: Repetitive microtrauma or single large force to the muscle/tendons that results in a tear. This is common for professions or sports which require extensive overhead motions, like baseball, volleyball, and tennis. Degenerative tears in these muscles can happen over time from sleeping on the involved shoulder. Treatment is often necessary because the primary role of these muscles are to provide stability of the shoulder. If these injuries go untreated they can become chronic and lead to surgical intervention later in life.
Typical Tx: Range of motion and strengthening exercises of the shoulder, ice/heat/stim
How we treat it: Targeted soft tissue treatment to find and remove the adhesion or fibrotic/torn tissue, dry needling (possibly with stim), and specific exercises to improve function and regain mobility of the shoulder.
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