Risk Factors For Rotator Cuff Injury

by Administrator 26. October 2015 10:37

The rotator cuff consists of various muscles and tendons that cover the shoulder joint capsule. It holds the upper arm bone firmly within the socket of the shoulder. Abrupt stress or repetitive shoulder movements can cause the rotator cuff to tear. The injury can also be a result of lifting heavy weights, motor vehicle accidents, age related bone degeneration, falling on the shoulder etc. The condition can vary in severity from minor inflammation to complete tearing of the rotator cuff.

Here are some risk factors that may make an individual susceptible to a rotator cuff injury:

  • Age: With increasing age, the bones undergo gradual wear and tear, making them weak and susceptible to break. Rotator cuff injuries are most commonly seen in people above the age of 40 years due to inability of the bones to bear any forceful impact
  • Sports Related Activities: Athletes who repeatedly perform overhead movements are often at a higher risk of suffering a rotator cuff injury. These may include sports activities such as tennis, archery, baseball, weight lifting etc.
  • Certain Professions: people in certain occupations also require lifting the arm repetitively such as carpentry, painting, hammering and other construction jobs, which make them prone to rotator cuff injury. Such movement stretches the muscles and stresses the rotator cuff, thus leading to injury.
  • Shoulder Arthritis: People with Shoulder Arthritis are more prone to suffer rotator cuff injury because of symptoms such as muscle weakness, shoulder instability, and formation of cysts. These exert pressure on the rotator cuff and increase the chances of an injury.
  • Genetic Factors: People having a family member with a rotator cuff injury are more likely to suffer the condition themselves. 
  • Previous Injuries: Damage to shoulder structures or prolonged immobilization can weaken the muscles of the joint, thus making them vulnerable to injuries.
  • Intense Training: Young people may suffer from the injury if they are involved in intense physical training and continuous sports activities.

If not treated on time, Rotator Cuff injury may lead to permanent weakness and stiffness, which can further restricts the movement of the shoulder joint. The patient must provide sufficient rest to the shoulder to promote healing. In severe cases, the injury may require surgical treatment.

For complete diagnosis and treatment of Rotator Cuff injury, visit Dr. Morgan. To schedule an appointment with the orthopedic surgeon in McKinney, TX, you can call at (972) 727 – 9995 or visit 7300 Eldorado Parkway, Suites 165/165A, McKinney, TX 75070.

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