The rotator cuff refers to a tendon, which is formed by the combination of four muscles located in the upper arm. These four muscles include the supraspinatus, subcapularis, teres minor and infraspinatus. These muscles originate from the scapula (or the wing bone) and get inserted forming a single large tendon on the humerus (bone of the upper arm).
The primary function of the rotator cuff is to help rotate and lift the arm, while stabilizing the ball of the shoulder within the joint.
The primary cause of a rotator cuff tear is an injury, which can be acute in nature like a fall or a chronic in nature caused due to repeated trauma leading to wear and tear of the tendon. Rotator cuff injuries are more frequently observed among athletes and sportsmen.
Occasionally, the impingement of the scapular bone on the tendon can also lead to cuts and tears in the rotator cuff. This is more frequently observed in older individuals.
Symptoms Of Torn Rotator Cuff
Some of the common symptoms associated with a torn rotator cuff injury include,
- Pain in the front of the shoulder joint which radiates along the side of the arm.
- Aggravation of the pain while attempting activities like lifting or reaching out. Pressure on the affected side, during sleeping, can also aggravate the pain.
- In chronic condition, the individual may find it difficult to perform functions like reaching behind the back or combing their hair.
- In case the tear occurs along with the injury, symptoms like sensation of snapping, weakness in the arm and acute pain may be experienced.
Torn Rotator Cuff Recovery Without Surgery
A MRI scan may be essential in order to confirm the diagnosis. There are certain tips that can help in recovery without surgery, which may depend upon the severity and nature of the damage,
- Rest is very important in order to allow the tear to repair. Avoid performing movements or task which aggravates the condition, is important.
- Alternate hot and cold compress can be very useful. Hot compress increases blood circulation at the site and thereby hastens healing. Cold compress can be useful to alleviate pain and swelling at the site, as it helps in constricts and restricts blood flow.
- Physical therapy exercises are important to strengthen the muscles and prevent re-injuries. Consult a physical therapist to ensure that you perform the right set of exercises.
Natural Remedies For Torn Rotator Cuff Recovery
Here are some simple home remedies and natural treatment therapies that can help hasten the recovery of a torn rotator cuff,
- Add two tablespoons of turmeric in a glass of warm milk and consume at least four times in a day. Turmeric has strong anti-inflammatory properties which help in hastening the healing and alleviate some of the symptoms.
- Gentle massaging of the shoulder using diluted clove oil is also useful to alleviate the pain and hasten improvement.
- A healthy protein rich diet is very essential to hasten the healing process. Include legumes and pulses along with eggs and lean meat in your diet. Consult your dietician in order to ensure that the dietary modification suites you, especially if you suffer from any other chronic condition like diabetes.
- Homeopathic drugs Rhuta, Rhus Tox and Arnica, consumed in a combination, four times a day can help alleviate most of the symptoms including pain and rigidity.