April 16, 2012
Have you been experiencing pain when lifting your arm? It may be a sign of a rotator cuff injury. Dr. Phyllis Montellese of Spring Creek Family Medicine is seeing more and more patients with the shoulder condition.
Dr. Montellese says the injury can affect people of any age, from teenagers to adults to seniors. Symptoms include pain when doing any of the following: driving a car, reaching behind you or lifting your arm to your side. Another symptom is an inability to reach the middle of your back.
When it comes to treatment, Dr. Montellese recommends injections with a cortisone type medication coupled with physical therapy. Without treatment, she says, the injury can linger for months.
The best way to prevent a rotator cuff injury is by avoiding the activities that cause continued injury. Those include repeated motions like vacuuming, raking, sweeping and throwing.