Playing Ball This Summer Season?
Did you know that more than 20 million Americans play baseball or softball and as many as 17 million people are estimated to be at risk of a full rotator cuff tear? In fact, any athlete that plays a throwing sport is at some risk (volleyball, tennis, etc.). When the rotator cuff is damaged, pain limits the range of motion of the shoulder and the muscles do not make the small adjustments within the joint to allow the shoulder to move properly.
Severity of the injury ranges from a mild strain and inflammation to a complete tear that may require surgery. Medical care should be received if shoulder pain continues even after rest, ice and anti-inflammatory medications, one is prevented from doing their daily activities, pain prevents overhead reaching or pain prevents playing sports with an overhead motion involved.