Treatment for Rotator Cuff
Rotator cuff tendinitis is most commonly an inflammation of the following tendons of the rotator cuff the supraspinatus and infraspinatus. Rotator cuff. The rotator cuff depresses the head of the long arm bone during overhead activities like reaching up toward your kitchen cupboard or up into your closet. With weakness (decreased muscle tone), the long arm bone is not depressed with elevation and compresses soft tissues, which causes pain. Therefore, it is important to improve the strength in and around your rotator cuff prior to introducing shoulder movement beyond 90 . A classic test for rotator cuff tendinitis is to stretch the two rotator cuff muscles the supraspinatus and the infraspinatus that are most commonly involved. This stretching will elicit pain in the tendons of the respective muscles if tendinitis is present. During rehab, the key is to stretch after the pain has subsided. Your aim is to ensure that the muscles remain sufficiently separated to allow a free range of...
The tendons of the rotator cuff, which rotate the upper humerus and help raise the arm by pulling the humeral head down as the deltoid muscle pulls the arm up, can be irritated by pressure from the acromion process of the scapula and the coraco-acromial ligament. This irritation of the tendons and or of the lubricating bursa is referred to as tendinitis & or bursitis. Collectively they are known as an impingement syndrome. The diagnosis of impingement syndrome is made by physical examination, and assisted by plain x-rays, and, sometimes, arthrograms or MRI's to exclude rotator cuff tears.
The rotator cuff tendons attach to the upper end of the humerus and help to rotate the humerus in the shoulder socket (glenoid) as well as to pull the humeral head down as the deltoid muscle pulls the humerus up. Tears of the tendons, particularly of the supraspinatus tendon, can be caused by injury to the shoulder and or the gradual degeneration of the tendons from pressure and friction caused by the overlying acromion process. The symptoms of rotator cuff tears consists of weakness and pain, particularly with shoulder elevation and at nighttime. Convalescence following rotator cuff repair requires time to allow the tendons to heal, followed by protected motion to decrease the troublesome stiffness which frequently occurs, and, finally, muscular strengthening to increase function and to protect the repaired tendons.
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Begin with seated rotating dumbell presses. This will be a full range of motion. Begin with holding the dumbells with your palms facing your chest. As you slowly raise the weight straight overhead, twist your hands so that the palms will be facing forward by the time they're in the extended position. Pay special attention not to let the bells collide at the top of the motion. Keep them shoulder width apart. At the top of the movement, with elbows unlocked, force the elbows outward and backward. This non-movement will add stress to the delts. Slowly return to the beginning position. Due to the potential strain on the rotator cuff, it is crucial to use a light weight for this movement. It's better to go too light than to go too heavy. You can always add more reps.
If any work needs to be done on the foam roller, we do it now. Same with any exercises that are required for this individual in terms of injury prevention (i.e. rotator cuff exercises or other small muscles - again, determined through assessment and from previous workouts).
Notice on the routine above that some exercises for body parts like forearms, traps, rotator cuff, and inner outer thighs are still performed for high repetitions in superset fashion (one after the other with no rest in between). The reason for this is because these are auxiliary muscle groups that get enough indirect stimulation from the rest of the basic exercises. Therefore they do not need to adhere to the same cycling principles that the other muscle groups require. In addition, notice that while we do vary the volume of exercise for Abs and Calves, we still adhere to using supersets and pretty high repetitions. This is because these type of muscles are endurance type muscles and therefore respond better to heavy weights performed for a relatively high number of repetitions. This is true of the abdominals as well. As soon as you start being able to do more repetitions for the abdominal muscles than what is recommended in the routine, feel free to start adding resistance to the...
*Incidentally, all shoulder exercises will cause some erosion to the scapula and rotator cuff. There's always somebody who will tell you not to do this or that shoulder exercise. The best rule of thumb to follow is, if it hurts--don't do it. If it doesn't hurt, don't worry about it. Any Circular Movement Rolling the shoulders or spinning the arms in circles can be abrasive to the joints and rotator cuff. Use such movements sparingly.
There's another seldom-considered set of muscles that play a large role in the health and welfare of your shoulders that you should know about the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff muscles are located beneath the deltoids. Their function is to keep your long arm bone (the humerus) from slipping out of joint. Compared to the deltoids, these muscles are small and seldom thought about until an injury occurs, often while straining under the load of too much weight on the bench press. Not sure how your rotator cuff functions Try this Stick your arm out to the side with your elbow locked. Now twist your arm from side to side. The muscles that get the job done The loyal rotator cuff. The supraspinatus also assists your deltoids in initiating the outward movement of your arm from the side. And it provides stability to the joint when you throw a ball, Frisbee, javelin you get the picture. Having said all that, it should come as no surprise to hear that a thorough shoulder workout encompasses the...
The shoulder operates in three planes. Because the Smith machine stabilizes the weight for you, shoulder stabilizers such as the rotator cuff muscles do not need to work hard when performing exercises on this device. This creates an imbalance in these muscles, predisposing the individual to injury.
Most people seem to favor the military press as their number one anterior-deltoid exercise, but I prefer overhead dumbbell presses. For one thing, there's less chance of injuring your shoulders, and secondly, this exercise allows you to press to the center instead of straight up, thereby allowing for greater contraction of the deltoid muscles. In a nutshell, it's a safer, more efficient, and more effective way to work the deltoids. However, if you have an existing rotator cuff injury, make sure you get a qualified physician's opinion before you attempt this exercise. Now, slowly lower the dumbbells, keeping the weight balanced over your elbows. Don't let the upper arms rotate forward (internal rotation) or backward (external rotation). Otherwise, you risk rotator cuff injury. Stop when your elbows are parallel with your shoulder joints.
Physically and psychologically, it's easier to increase the amount of weight you can lift if you go up in small increments. Unfortunately, the smallest plate available in most gyms is two and a half pounds, so the smallest weight increment on a barbell is five pounds. That's usually the smallest increment on dumbbells as well, so it's actually ten pounds when you're using them in pairs. You can easily see how a five-pound increase is too big a jump if you're using, say, a single 20 pound dumbbell to work the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder. It's a 25 percent increase in the load. It would be like trying to jump straight to 500 pounds on a lift where you can do 400.
Physically and psychologically, it's easier to increase the amount of weight you can lift if you go up in small increments. Unfortunately, the smallest plate available in most gyms is two and a half pounds, so the smallest weight increment on a barbell is five pounds. That's usually the smallest increment on dumbbells as well, so it's actually ten pounds when you're using them in pairs. You can easily see how a five-pound increase is too big a jump if you're using, say, a single 20-pound dumbbell to work the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder. It's a 25-percent increase in the load. It would be like trying to jump straight to 500 pounds on a lift where you can do 400.
It's best to have a spotter help you unrack the weight, so as to prevent any undue stress on your rotator cuff muscles. Grip width is highly variable from trainee to trainee, but essentially your goal on a standard bench press is to use the grip width that allows you to move the most weight in good form. For most people, this is a few inches greater than shoulder width. Keep your feet planted on the ground, your butt and upper back firmly on the bench, and your scapulae retracted throughout the movement. In general, lower the bar under control to your lower sternum (approximate nipple level for men). Although some advocate a J bar path to directly over your face at the top of the movement, a strict vertical movement is neither better nor worse. Bodybuilders tend to favor the former method because the bar travels through a greater range of motion, while powerlift-ers tend to favor the latter method because the bar travels a shorter distance and greater load can be used.
Some examples of activities to include in the warm-up period are general activities (e.g., the stationary bike, one option but perhaps not ideal for a weight training workout), stretching (the debate as to what type of stretching is ideal for pre-workout, if any, is long and not worth rehashing here suffice to say that pre-workout stretching of some kind is an option but perhaps not a necessity), so-called prehab movements (movements that train commonly injured areas or areas that may not be addressed well by the main workout, such as the rotator cuff), and movement preparation or control drills (activities which teach the body to activate certain musculature and or movement patterns, which may facilitate a more effective workout). All of these topics are addressed at length elsewhere this list is merely meant to outline some of the common options for a warm-up prior to weight training. The external rotators of the humerus, some of which make up the group of muscles known as the...
These are performed with a pronated (palms away from you) grip. The guidelines for form are essentially the same as those for the chin-up. The wrinkle here is, at the top, you push yourself in a direction parallel to the ground (away from the bar, but at the same height as the bar). This will cause you to lean away slightly from the bar. This action heavily works the subscapularis, a rotator cuff muscle that internally rotates the humerus (the other three rotator cuff muscles are external rotators of the humerus). Lower yourself from this position.
You'll feel this stretch all around your shoulders because it targets the smaller, deeper muscles known as your rotator cuff and the front part of your deltoid known as the anterior deltoid. You need a stretching strap (see Chapter 2 for more details about straps) or towel for this stretch.
Note Although the following exercises are neither pressing exercises nor typical size and strength building exercises, they are of critical importance. These movements target and strengthen the rotator cuff muscles. Strengthening these muscles is a must if you are concerned about shoulder health. Also, training these muscles will allow you to press more weight and help to prevent any injuries that may occur from doing a lot of heavy pressing.
Io.ii9 e infraspinatus and teres minor belong to a group of four muscles of the upper back that also include the supraspinatus and subscapularis. e tendons of these four muscles connect the scapula (shoulder blade) to the shoulder joint at the rotator cuff. Overuse and abuse of the rotator cuff and shoulders in general, together with weak external rotator muscles, make rotator-cuff injuries among the most common for weight trainees. ( e book the seven-minute rotator cuff solution by Dr. Joseph M. Horrigan and Jerry Robinson alerted me to the importance of specific exercise for the external rotator muscles.) Never try to work through pain in this area, or any other.
The point is, if you're an ectomorph, you've got to stop treating your body like a series of unrelated muscle groups, and start thinking of it as a single organism. Forget all this chest, shoulders, and triceps, legs, back, and biceps nonsense. If your goal is to get bigger, then the entire organism has to get bigger. The best way to achieve this is to focus on lifts that allow you to engage the largest amount of muscle mass possible. This essentially means that lifts such as squats, deadlifts, cleans, rows, military presses, pullups, bench presses, and dips are going to serve as the basis for most of your workouts. Sure, you'll periodically include some more isolated lifts such as biceps curls and rotator cuff work as a means of targeting weak links in your physique, but for the most part, it's going to be all compound lifts all the time.
The problem This test is designed to assess the degree of internal rotation at the shoulder joint. Ideally, your arms should drop down right next to your sides with your palms facing each other. Oftentimes, however, things such as too much chest and lat work, tight pecs, and poor postural habits can cause the upper arms to rotate inward and pull the shoulders across the front of the body. It's that Cro-Magnon thing again. Besides being rather unattractive, this also indicates an imbalance between the muscles that internally and externally rotate the shoulder. Having weak, overstretched external rotators increases your likelihood of developing a shoulder impingement, or possibly even a rotator cuff tear.
Last month I looked primarily at acute injury due to poor form with a heavy load at just one or a few reps (the top left area of the graph). But it is also true that tissues can become damaged due to low forces if those forces are applied repeatedly and without adequate recovery time. Many athletes, especially specialists in certain high-rep, high-distance, long-duration activities, sustain chronic injuries caused by repetitive loading of tissues at low forces (the bottom right area of the graph). These are often runners (recreational or competitive), who commonly experience injury to their knees, iliotibial bands, ankles, etc. it certainly isn't unusual for swimmers, either, to develop tendonitis and or small tears in their rotator cuff muscle tendons.
10.109 While some people, over the short and medium term, may not appear to be suffering harm, watch out over the long term. Exercises notorious for causing shoulder harm include the press behind neck, upright row, lateral raise (especially with the little finger above the thumb), pulldown and pullup behind the neck, fly for the pecs, and pec deck work. ere are very few experienced trainees who have not invested a lot of application in one or more of these exercises. Some of these movements are also very harmful for the rotator cuff. 10.110 e press behind neck is a traditional shoulder exercise, but one usually confined to trainees in their teens and twenties. Due to shoulder pain it is dropped from the routines of many people as they move into their thirties and beyond. e press behind neck is very severe on the shoulders, and is probably at the root of many shoulder and rotator-cuff problems. I do not recommend this exercise, not even for the very young. It is best not to start...
Power aside, baseball is a game of spurts and starts with a healthy dose of arm strain thrown in. Arm injuries such as rotator cuff tendinitis and shoulder dislocations can be prevented or improved with a proper strengthening program. Midsection strength can help avoid back injuries from the repetitive motion of swinging a bat. And both upper and lower body strength can improve one's arm and bat speed. Remember that if the bat moves faster, the ball goes farther.
Swimmers, especially elite swimmers, are extremely flexible, which affords them enormous range of motion (ROM) while they propel themselves through the water. This flexibility, coupled with overdevelopment of the muscles of the front of their upper body (pecs and anterior delts), puts swimmers at risk for rotator cuff injuries, tendinitis, muscle tears, and shoulder dislocations. A weight-training routine that emphasizes strengthening the upper back muscles and the posterior deltoid muscles will decrease the muscle imbalance often associated with these aquatic types. Strengthening the rotator cuff muscles will decrease the risk of the shoulder injuries so common to hard-core swimmers.
These muscles lie adjacent to one another, originate on the scapula and insert on the humerus, and comprise two of the four muscles known as the rotator cuff. From a biomechanical perspective, the teres minor and the infraspinatus help stabilize the shoulder and are therefore crucial for protecting this area from injury.
Also known as the Muscle Snatch, this exercise is often used by Olympic weightlifters to strengthen their shoulders in preparation for lifting record loads in the snatch. A1 Vermeil, strength coach of the Chicago Bulls, uses it with his athletes to strengthen their rotator cuff muscles. This is a very humbling exercise. The best performance I have seen in this exercise was by a 198-lb man who could do 135 lbs for sets of 6 in contrast,
My question relates to rotator cuff exercises. Currently in my forties, I sustained a significant rotator cuff injury many years ago (never required surgery). I have no problem with pain while doing any upper body movements including overhead dumbbell presses, benching, etc. However, there is a definite lack of strength and stability with my (dominant) right arm and shoulder and progress is very slow on that side. As I plan to once again compete in the sport which I have long been involved in, and thus would greatly benefit by correcting this imbalance as much as possible, what do you recommend as the most effective way to strengthen and stabilize the rotator cuff and or adjacent muscle groups Your help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
In setting up an appropriate resistance-training program, the selected exercises should track muscle and joint function and apply resistance through full flexion to full extension. Built into proper resistance exercise is an application of force at the extremes of a muscle's (or muscle group's) safe range of motion. For some joints, this may mean that we're going to improve or increase the range of that joint, but for other joints, an enhanced flexibility may actually result in a decrease in that joint's range of motion. Most of the problems and derangements that occur in the shoulder joint, for example, are a result not of inadequate flexibility but of excessive flexibility. The increased strength and development of the surrounding rotator cuff muscles, as well as the deltoid musculature, may diminish the range of the shoulder joint somewhat, but in a way that is protective to the joint.
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