How to Spot a Rotator Cuff Injury
Simon Moyes discusses how you can spot a rotator cuff injury and potential treatment options.
A typical history would be pain felt over the deltoid muscles where it inserts on the humerus, the upper arm bone. The pain is fairly non-specific and generalised but focuses on this area.
This pain is usually worse at night and is aggravated by use of the arm at or around shoulder height, such as reaching overhead for objects, putting on shirts and jackets etc.
The clinical findings under examination are normally some reduction of muscle bulk in the deltoid and also usually of the supraspinatus muscle belly. When looking at the patient from behind, the muscle bulk above the blade of the shoulder will be smaller on the side with the cuff problems.