Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Shoulder Injuries

Athletes can suffer a wide range of injuries, from strains and sprains to tendinitis and pulled muscles, and their joints are especially susceptible to problems. One of the most common injuries to occur, especially in athletes who perform frequent overhead motions, is a rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder to provide movement and stability. The tendons of these muscles attach to the top of the humerus, which is where most tears occur, although muscles are sometimes involved. At Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA, Dr. Kent Carlomagno treats a variety of pains and ailments, including orthopedic injuries like rotator cuff tears, and he can help you heal with chiropractic care.

Rotator cuff tears can be caused in several different ways: by direct blows to the shoulder, by falling on the arm while it is outstretched and by having your arm yanked. In addition, impingement (tendinitis), where the rotator cuff tendons rub against the shoulder blade, can also cause the rotator cuff to become inflamed, frayed and weakened. People most susceptible to rotator cuff injuries include swimmers, tennis players, baseball players and other participants in activities that involve a lot of arm movement overhead. Your risk for injury is also higher if you are over the age of 40 since muscles and tendons lose elasticity as you age.

If you have torn your rotator cuff, you do not need to rely on steroid injections or surgery to ease the pain. With chiropractic care, you can be treated with holistic therapies, including chiropractic massage, cryotherapy, ultrasound and Microcurrent Therapy. These therapies promote healing and reduce pain and inflammation. Additionally, chiropractic adjustment and targeted exercises can be used to restore mobility and range of movement. In about six to eight weeks, you will notice a significant improvement.

If you are suffering from pain in your shoulder, schedule an appointment with Dr. Kent Carlomagno of Summit Chiropractic and Longevity Center in San Rafael, CA. He can relieve your pain and increase your overall health and wellness. 

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