Rotator Cuff Injuries

It is October. Time for the Major League Baseball World Series! Many baseball players sustain shoulder injuries, and one of the more common types of shoulder injuries is a rotator cuff injury. You have an equal chance of hurting your shoulder whether you are a seasoned major leaguer or you play with the company softball team once a week.

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles that surround the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. These muscles are imperative for properly locking the joint in place during activity such as throwing a baseball or taking a swing with the bat at the plate. Both chronic muscle tearing and acute injury can disrupt the function of those muscles and cause the joints of the shoulder to behave improperly.

Rotator cuff injuries may not always need surgery especially if the injury is reported and treated early. The injury may be mild at first, but can worsen over time if left untreated.

It is important to stretch and strengthen your shoulder appropriately for your job or your favorite extracurricular activity. See the attached article for stretching and strengthening ideas. An ounce of prevention is worth a home run in the World Series!

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