Four muscles form the rotator cuff, the Subscapularis, Infraspinatus, Teres minor, and Supraspinatus. These muscles all protect the shoulder and provide it with great range of motion.
A rotator cuff injury can happen to any one of these muscles' tendons. Pain from a tear leads to restricted shoulder movement. Tears can occur from injuries or can be caused by "wear and tear" from regular use of the shoulder. The most common tear is to the Supraspinatus tendon at the top of the shoulder.
At Inner Gate Acupuncture we use orthopedic testing to determine exactly which muscles and tendons are affected and prescribe a treatment plan to help you get full use of your shoulder as quickly and non-invasively as possible. If we determine that you're tear is too substantial for acupuncture treatment to be effective we will refer you to trusted clinicians for imaging and other options.
If you had a rotator cuff injury and your shoulder has been surgically repaired, acupuncture can help advance the recovery by increasing blood flow, reducing scar formation, and encouraging the full recovery of normal range of motion.