Rotator Cuff Injuries

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Rotator Cuff Injuries

What is the
Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that envelop the upper part of your arm bone; they work by attaching the head of the humerus to the shoulder.

Four muscles are responsible for attaching your shoulder to your arm. These are the subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and teres minor. This entire system is very delicately balanced as it is responsible for an extensive range of motion and essential control over the arm.

Many different things could cause pain in the rotator cuff, one of the tendons or muscles may have been injured by poor posture, accident, or repetitive motion, and only a medical professional is qualified to give you a proper diagnosis.

Who Is
At Risk?

Anyone who performs overhead motions regularly, such as athletes, painters, carpenters, and people in construction jobs, age, and family history are also factors. Basically, if you are raising your arms constantly, you have a higher likelihood of injuring the shoulder.

Keep in mind that when looking up a term like rotator cuff pain, you are likely to come across many articles that assume you have a tear. This can be confusing and shows why it is so important to receive a proper examination and accurate diagnosis; you avoid unnecessary worry and make sure you are not treating something incorrectly and possibly further damaging yourself.

Typical symptoms are described as dull aches deep within the shoulder, difficulty raising the affected arm, reaching behind your back, etc. Other symptoms of rotator damage include difficulty sleeping and weakness of the arm.

Is pain holding you back?

Can You Rehabilitate
A Rotator Cuff
Without Surgery?

It all depends on the type of injury you have sustained. In any case, physical therapy can go a very long way in mitigating pain and help your body heal itself. Most rotator cuff injuries cause swelling and inflammation in the affected region, this causes blood flow to reduce, starving the injured area from the nutrients and oxygen it needs to heal. It is a catch 22 and feels like a circular argument; your shoulder has inflammation because it is injured, it is damaged because it cannot heal itself, it cannot heal itself because of the inflammation.

This vicious circle demonstrates why physical therapy is so important and how it can help. By using a combination of therapeutic massages, the appropriate exercise routines, and treating the shoulder with neuromuscular electrical stimulation, you can reestablish blood flow and begin the healing process without having to rely on invasive surgery and the use of a scalpel.

Worst Case

If there is no improvement after performing physical therapy and stimulating the affected area in various ways, surgery might be the only option. If you and your doctor decide on surgery, there are different options available to you that depending on the type of injury you sustained, may help relieve your pain. These include the following: arthroscopic tendon repair, open tendon repair, tendon transfer, shoulder replacement. Consult with the experts at Merge Physical Medicine to learn how we can help.

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Dr. Peirsol is a Columbus, Ohio-born native, comes from a family of alumni of The Ohio State University, and as such, is a diehard Buckeye who moved to Dallas in 2007 to pursue her chiropractic career. She graduated from Parker University and has been in practice since 2011.
Dr. Peirsol has a sports medicine specialty and is trained to treat and diagnose conditions that arise from sports and physical activity in general. Doctors in sports medicine are usually called on to diagnose and treat conditions such as whiplash, shin splints, sprains, bone fractures, hip and knee pain, as well as joint and back pain and any other sports-related injury.
After eight years in an integrated setting, she has strengthened her keen focus that every patient receives a proper diagnosis. Treatment through diagnosis, imaging, history, interventional pain procedures, and other measures have been a part of her thorough and multifaceted approach to patient care. She has a history of collaborating with all specialties including pain management professionals, physical therapists, fellow chiropractors, orthopedic surgeons, spine and neurosurgeons, rheumatologists, endocrinologists, ENTs, and PCPs to name a few.
Dr. Peirsol prides herself on finding the right answer for your injury making sure she provides a personalized care plan tailored only to you and your injuries. She is known for her honesty, her loyalty, and for respecting one’s time, but these are just a few of the qualities that describe Dr. Peirsol.
Manipulation and soft tissue therapy including manual therapy, trigger point therapy, and active release therapy are just a few of the treatments Dr. Peirsol incorporates into her treatment plans. She uses the latest technology and is on top of the newest and most effective trends in medicine, allowing her to make the best decision every time, no matter the malady.
Below is just one of many glowing testimonials of Dr. Peirsol. To experience the same level of outstanding service, reach out to Merge Physical Medicine and learn what Dr. Peirsol and her team can do for you.

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