Sunday, January 1, 2012

Home Remedies to Treat Torn Rotator Cuff : Exercises for Shoulder Injury

Rotator cuff Injury is one of the most common injury of the shoulder joint observed among athletes and bodybuilders. While the exact incidence of the condition is not known, experts suggest that it may affect about 20-30% of the adult population and prevelence increases with age. The injury often doesn’t require surgical injury and can be treated by exercises in most cases. This article provides insights into the symptoms associated with this shoulder joint injury and provides various simple home remedies and exercises for the effective management of rotator cuff injury.
Rotator Cuff Injury
or Tear
What is Rotator Cuff Tear? 

The shoulder joint is a complex joint comprising of a combination of bones, tendons and muscles. The joint provides a wide range of movement for the arm. However, physiologically, the shoulder joint lacks stability which makes it prone to injuries and dislocation.

The rotator cuff comprises of four basic muscles which hold the three bones namely scapula, humerus and the clavicle together and contribute towards the wide range of movements that the shoulder joint is capable of. These muscles include the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor and Subscapularis.

Due to the complex structure of the rotator cuff and the extended range of movements provided by the shoulder joint, the shoulder joint often gets dislocated or is prone to injuries.

Home Remedies to Treat Shoulder Joint Injury

Shoulder joint injury is often associated with symptoms like severe shoulder pain which is aggravated especially when the hand is moved backwards. Localized swelling and edema along with stiffness is also observed, especially during the acute phase. Here are some simple home remedies along with homeopathic drugs that can be beneficial in the treatment of the condition, 
  • Turmeric with Honey: Turmeric is considered to have strong anti-inflammatory properties. Reports have suggested that turmeric can be as effective as NSAIDs minus the negative effect of NSAIDs including gastritis and retrosternal burning. Mix a spoon of turmeric powder in a spoon of honey and consume it twice a day. This can provide sustained relief.
  • Homeopathic Drug
    is beneficial in management
    of Shoulder Injury
  • Crush a few pods of garlic and mix it with freshly squeezed ginger juice. These foods have strong anti inflammatory action and also hasten the healing in cases of shoulder injury.
  • Massage the affected area with clove essential oil. Clove helps in decongestion of the area and improves blood circulation to the affected site. Clove essential oil should be used especially after the first 72 hours of the injury, especially after the edema has reduced. This aroma oil can help in reducing pain and improve joint mobility.
  • Homeopathic drugs like Bryonia Alba taken in low potency are considered to be highly beneficial in the management of shoulder joint injury. Bryonia hastens cure by reducing inflammation and swelling at the site and further improves the range of motion.
Exercises for Rotator Cuff Injury

Minor shoulder joint injuries can be treated naturally provided adequate amount of rest is given to the shoulder joint. Here are some simple simple exercises and tips for shoulder injuries,
    Rotator Cuff Excercise
  • Alternatively applying ice and heat packs is considered to be beneficial. Use cold packs for the first couple of hours. This helps reduce pain and inflammation at the site. Subsequently use heating pads to relax and lighten the sore muscles.
  • Resting the shoulder joint is imperative. However, trying gentle exercises to keep the muscles limber is crucial, especially to hasten recovery. Too much rest can lead to frozen shoulder, which is associated with stiffness of the shoulder joint and limited range of movement.
  • Stand erect with your arms on either side of your body. Now gradually raise your arms sideways and ensure that you dont bend the forearm at the elbow joint. Hold the arm in position, parallel to the floor for a couple of seconds, then return back to normal position. To begin with perform this activity without weights/ dumbells. Repeat this excercise for five to six times, twice a day. While performing excercises, dont overstrain the shoulder joint.
Rotator cuff tear surgery

Though surgery may not be required in most cases, if the pain persists, or if the swelling doesn’t resolve to conventional treatment regimen, surgery is imperative. A open surgery may be carried out through a small incision in the shoulder. Post surgery precaution includes rest, hot and cold press and physiotherapy.
Consult your physician to gain details about rotator cuff surgeries and the risks associated with them. 

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