A rotator cuff tear is a rupture of the muscle fibres located at the shoulder joint that are responsible for shoulder rotation, abduction and also general shoulder instability. The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint which has the largest variety of range of all joints which leaves it predisposed to all types of injuries. The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that originate on the shoulder blade and attach at the head of the humerus (upper arm bone) which is known as the greater and lesser tubercles. These muscles are: Supraspinatus Infraspinatus Teres Minor Subscapularis Symptoms of a rotator cuff tear: Deep and sharp type of pain that can refer around the whole shoulder joint, towards the neck or down the arm towards the elbow. Shoulder weakness Excessive shoulder pain on movement Clicking noise on movement Causes FOOSH injury (Falling on out-stretched hands) Tearing while under load such as shoulder exercises at the joint Repetitive movements Immediate management After a rotator cuff tear you will experience a specific pain able to be pin-pointed at your shoulder joint and surrounding structures will begin to tighten up and will be extremely tender on palpation. There will be a varying degree of inflammation so it’s important to control this and let the shoulder heal with RICER (rest, ice, compress, elevate, referral to practitioner). Treatment Plan After the injury has settled down, physiotherapy will be required to assess the severity of the strain to determine if medical imaging (MRI) will be needed and to work out a treatment plan. From here you will be referred to a myotherapist for soft tissue release massage, dry needling and joint mobilisations. There is always [...]
There are 3 types lubrications used at the clinic which are water based oil, Sorbolene and Premax. Premax Massage Cream Premax is a high-end quality massage cream which is more viscous or grippy compared to other massage creams. The therapist only uses a small amount for a more slow and controlled stroke to loosen up the muscle tissue. Premax ingredients include beeswax, aloe vera, vitamin e and natural oils to moisturise the skin. For more information see www.premax.com.au/about. Sorbolene for massage Sorbolene is another type of cream used as a better substitute for cheap massage oils as it has no scent, moisturises the skin and doesn’t clog up the pores in your skin. Although it’s primary use is for dry, flaky and damaged skin, it’s used in the clinic for how simple it is to slide through the skin which means less of a burning sensation or pull on body hair. For more information visit http://www.redwin.com.au/sensitive-skin-product/sorbolene-sensitive-skin-moisturisers/. Massage Oil Lastly we use melrose water based oil when we need a really slippery surface such as if we were to do a full body treatment or to perform cupping. This type of oil has no scent to it, no stickiness that may cause your clothes to stick to your body post treatment and added Vitamin E for skin stability. For more information see https://www.melrosehealth.com.au/categories/MassageRange All products are allergen-free and for any further information please contact the clinic on 1300 559 600. We hope to see you soon!