What is rotator cuff injury?
The rotator cuff comprises a quartet of tendons and muscles that meet at the top of the humerus – the upper arm bone. Together, they form what is known as the ‘cuff’, holding the arm in place and allowing it to move freely. Despite being one of the more mobile joints, the shoulder is relatively weak – too much pressure can cause tears and swelling in the tendons of the rotator cuff.
Symptoms of rotator cuff injury
- Mild to severe pain
- Dull aches
- Weakness and tenderness in the shoulder
- Difficulty performing some movement
What causes rotator cuff injury?
Sudden stress or trauma can cause a rotator cuff injury, causing the tendons to pull away from the bone or tear down the middle. Athletes susceptible to rotator cuff tears include: baseball players (especially pitchers), swimmers, tennis players, and football players.
You can get a rotator cuff tear by:
- Falling hard on your shoulder
- A blow to the shoulder
- Using arms to break a fall
- Lifting heavy weights
How to treat rotator cuff injury
- Ice/cooling therapy (Physicool) to relieve pain and swelling
- Painkillers and anti-inflammatories
- Cortisone steroid injections
Protection, rest, ice, compression and elevation (PRICE) is one of the most recommended approaches for the management of rotator cuff injuries. The aim is to minimize hemorrhage, swelling, inflammation and pain, to provide the best conditions for healing to take place.
Physicool provides the key stages of PRICE in a single reusable bandage, providing protection, cooling and compression for the shoulder injury to help the healing process. A Physicool bandage can be applied to the shoulder and the cooling effect recharged by spraying Physicool Coolant directly onto the bandage while it is in position.