Unless you’ve actually experienced rotator cuff injury symptoms, the chances you’ve not even heard of the condition, or that you even know what the rotator cuff is.
The name “rotator cuff” refers to a group of muscles around your shoulder joints. There are 4 of them on each shoulder and they control the shoulder joint function. They are called:
- Teres minor
These 4 muscles all work together as one unit, fulfilling their own various functions, and enabling shoulder mobility and strength. Each individual muscle has its own tendon, and all 4 tendons join together as one to become what is known as the “rotator cuff tendon.” This one tendon then attaches to the humorous (the bone in the upper arm) via something called the subacromial space.
There are three different types of rotator cuff injury that are quite common, and each one has slightly different symptoms.
Rotator cuff tendinitis injury
This is the most common form of rotator cuff injury. It is caused by inflammation of both the rotator cuff tendons and muscles. It results in a sudden onset of acute pain. This often happens if the shoulder joint has been previously injured. But even where this is not the case, repetitive use of these muscles and tendons when the arm is repeatedly raised above shoulder level can induce the injury.
Rotator cuff impingement syndrome injury
With rotator cuff impingement syndrome the rotator cuff tendon becomes trapped in the subacromial space. It then scrapes against the shoulder blade, eventually causing the tendon to fray. As with all rotator cuff injuries, this impingement syndrome causes pain in the shoulder, but the pain is more likely to be chronic or long standing in nature. It is more pronounced when the arm is raised and often worsens during the night.
Rotator cuff tear injury
As the name suggests, a rotator cuff tear injury, is a tear, but not of the rotator muscle; rather the rotator tendon. In younger people this sort of injury is normally associated with a trauma to the shoulder joint. It is however prevalent in those above 40 years of age and follows on from the previously mentioned “impingement syndrome,” whereby the tendon has been repeatedly chafing against the shoulder blade. This continual chafing eventually leads to a tear.
The symptoms of it are similar to the other injuries inasmuch as there is sharp pain, but the tear can also produce weakness and reduced movement in the shoulder. Some tear victims also report a clicking or catching feeling when the shoulder joint is moved.
Seeking compensation for rotator cuff injury symptoms
If this injury occurs in the workplace, you may be entitled to claim compensation for rotator cuff injury symptoms, and AAH may be able to help you to do so. You can value your claim using our HOW MUCH calculator in just 30 seconds and make use of our no win no fee service, as recommended by Esther Rantzen by calling free, 24/7 on 0800 180 4123 from any landline, or 0333 500 0992 from your mobile.
Date Published: 16th March 2014
Author: David Brown