With Dr. Gifford-Jones MD.
Why is the rotator Cuff so prone to injury?
One problem is that the shoulder joint moves in more directions than any other. This requires a complex array of muscles and tendons to connect to the humerus to the shoulder blade. So placing too much stress on the rotator cuff muscles often leads to rotator cuff tears and painful nights.
Rotator cuff injuries can occur at any age and under a variety of circumstances. One of my friends no longer can use his overhand serve in tennis because of the injury. Another friend decided to use his arms rather than a winch to load his boat and is now sleeping in pain.
Disability depends on severity and location of the rotator cuff injury. The main complaint is pain that prohibits certain movements .If there is a major tear, muscle weakness follows.
Finally I located Dr. Kahn , an internationally known pioneer in the use of Low Intensive Laser Therapy (LILT). LILT is a noninvasive treatment which relieved back pain, degenerative arthritis , neck pain , tendonitis and sport injuries, fortunately for me, its healed my rotator cuff injury and I’m back shooting.
LILT gives a jump start to the healing process by delivering energy to the muscles and joints and then its translated into biomechanical energy. This decreases swelling and accelerates healing. It also triggers the release of endorphins, morphine- like substances that inhibit pain sensations. And by increasing cortisol , the forerunner of cortisol, a potent anti-inflammatory effect is activated and also increases the formation of new blood vessels.