As an athlete or sports fan knows, rotator cuff injuries are fairly common. However, it is not just athletes who are at risk. According to the November issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter, adults older than age 60 experience more rotator cuff injuries than any other age group. Are you at risk?
Rotator Cuff Tear Risk Factors
- Athletes over the age of 40
- Impingement Syndrome
- Poor Posture
- Muscle or Joint Tightness
- Repetitive Overhead Motions, like Pitching
Rotator Cuff Statistics
- Rotator cuff tears increase in frequency after the age of 40.
- Studies have shown that 30% of those under the age of 70 and 70% of those over age 80 have a rotator cuff tear.
- 70% of full rotator cuff tears are experienced in those that are relatively sedentary.
- 75% of those with a large rotator cuff tear re-tear the muscle after surgical repair.
The good news is that 78% of patients with rotator cuff tendinitis are successfully treated successfully without surgery using a combination of medication and physical therapy.
Rotator Cuff Treatment
For the most part, rotator cuff treatment includes anti-inflammatory pain medication, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. The goal of this therapy is not to repair the damaged ligament. Instead, the goal is to improve the function of the muscles that surround the shoulder. By strengthening the muscles around the shoulder, these muscles can help compensate for the damaged tendons by improving shoulder joint mechanics.
Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy: Rotator Cuff Treatment in Severna Park, Maryland
At Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy we treat patients of all ages, backgrounds, and interests, including professional and recreational athletes. Our therapists have experience treating a wide range of sports injuries, including rotator cuff tears.
If you have any questions about our Rotator Cuff Treatment, please contact Chesapeake Bay Aquatic & Physical Therapy by visiting cbayaquapt.com today! And if you are a new patient, please review our New Patient Forms page before your first visit.