If you are a New York Mets fan, it’s likely you know of Craig Swan, a famous pitcher of the 70’s and early 80’s. A rotator cuff injury took Swan out of the game for 9 months. He was able to return to the Mets after receiving a Rolfing series.
Rotator cuff injuries can be debilitating. Pain, weakness, restricted motion and instability are the most common symptoms of this problem. Certain arm movements become difficult or impossible, such as reaching behind you or over your head. These problems become exaggerated when weight is added or resistance is applied. When you have a rotator cuff tear, pain increases progressively as you use your shoulder and the discomfort is often worse at night.
What Happens In A Rotator Cuff Injury?
The rotator cuff muscles primarily stabilize the shoulder joint and also contributes to shoulder movement. The cuff is comprised of the tendons of 4 muscles: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. Injuries to the rotator cuff include tendinitis, bursitis and tears.