Rotator Cuff Syndrome
Do you ever feel like you’re holding the world on your shoulders? Like any joint, the shoulder is vulnerable to overuse, injury, and inflammation. The two most common shoulder injuries are rotator cuff tendinitis, or impingement syndrome, and rotator cuff tear.
Rotator Cuff – What is it?
The rotator cuff is the girdle of muscles and tendons that connects to the shoulder bones and that lends mobility and stability to this ball-and-socket joint. Any overuse or stressing of the shoulder joint can lead to rotator cuff tendinitis—holding your arm in the same position for long periods of time, such as at a computer or doing carpentry work; playing sports that require repeated arm movements (particularly overhead movements), such as tennis, racquetball, or baseball; or even sleeping on the same arm every night. Poor posture, or poor ergonomics, can exacerbate the already common syndrome of shoulder overuse. Rotator cuff tear, a more acute injury, can also occur from repeated overuse, which frays the muscles and tendons over time. Or it can arise from injury due to a single event, such as a sudden movement when trying to lift something heavy, or a bad fall on an outstretched arm.
Rotator Cuff – Treatments:
I offer a range of treatments for rotator cuff injury—all of which tap into the patient’s natural ability to heal. Rather than resorting to cortisone injections, which are a dead-end street because they halt the body’s normal repair and healing process, I use regenerative injections. Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy involves using a small amount of the patient’s own blood to harvest platelets (cells that secrete growth factors to promote healing), and then injecting the plasma back into the patient at the site of injury, where it spurs the repair of injured tissue by temporarily increasing inflammation. Prolotherapy involves the injection of dextrose solution at the juncture of the tendons, ligaments, and bones, which strengthens the area and improves joint function. In some cases I use Neural Prolotherapy, in which dextrose solution is injected under the skin, to resolve inflammation and pain in the subcutaneous nerves. I also offer an array of adjunct therapies ranging from acupuncture and homeopathy for pain relief, to nutritional counseling to support general health and healing.
Please call me at 212-390-1727 to discuss this therapy, or to schedule an appointment to check which treatment works better for your shoulder!