Rotator Cuff Tendonitis


Rotator-Cuff-InjuryLow Level Laser Therapy Provides An Effective Drug-Free, Safe Cure For Rotator Cuff Injury

Rotator Cuff Treatment using Low Level Laser Therapy

Rotator Cuff Injury, Elbow, Hip (Greater trochanter)KneeAchilles tendon and Heel have been successfully treated with LLLT achieving permanent cure in the majority of cases we see.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)  is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries to stimulate cellular repair. LLLT has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect as well as a healing effect on inflamed Torn Rotator Cuff and surrounding inflamed soft tissues.  LLLT is completely safe and has no effect on normal tissues.

What Is Rotator Cuff ?

The rotator cuff is a group of integral muscles, tendons and accompanying ligaments that stabilize the arm and shoulder. They are responsible for facilitating lifting and rotating movements in the arm, which are necessary for a tremendous range of daily tasks. These muscles and tendons link the ball joint of the upper arm with the collarbone and the shoulder blade. 

Rotator Cuff Injury is associated with a torn rotator cuff and can involve any of the muscles and tendons in the area, but injuries to the supraspinatus, the tendon that goes over the outer edge of the shoulder, are the most common cause.

What Causes Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

Rotator cuff tears affect people in all age groups and have many causes. Tears fall into two categories. Rotator-Cuff-MusclesTraumatic tears are related to falls, dislocation, strain, lifting and injuries sustained during strenuous labor. The other group includes gradual tears that occur due to age, wear and tear, repetitive use and other non-traumatic conditions. Depending on the size and extent of the damage, rotator cuff injuries may be defined as partial tears or complete tears.

In the mildest cases, individuals experience soreness and stiffness related to the inflammation of the tendon, which is also called Tendonitis. Younger individuals are more likely to recover from this condition, but it’s possible for the injury to worsen over time. With partial tears, fibers in the tendon are damaged or torn, but the tendon is still connected and functioning. Many patients with this condition experience pain, weakness and limited mobility. Complete or full-thickness tears are the most severe type of rotator cuff injury. These include instances where the tendon is severed but still attached to the bone and cases where the tendon has pulled away from the bone entirely.

What Are the Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendonitis?

Rotator Cuff Tear causes pain in the soft tissue surrounding the Shoulder joint causing  inflamed Shoulder and loss of strength and movement.  Shoulder Pain is aggravated during or after activity and often the Shoulder joint is stiff the next morning with reduced range of movement.

How is Rotator Cuff Tear Treated?

Traditionally, Individuals with rotator cuff tears have access to a number of treatment options ranging from Physical therapy to surgery. Temporary pain relief using anti-inflammatory medication, rest, and icing the area. While ice numbs the pain it also prevents healthy blood flow which is essential to providing oxygen and nutrients to the area to heal it, and remove waste products and CO2. Ice should therefore not be applied to injuries after the acute phase (the first day).

Corticosteroid (cortisone) injections are also used to assist in the treatment of Rotator Cuff. These can be painful and the procedure carries risks such as increase in pain (“steroid flare”), skin discolouration at the injection site, nerve damage, infection, to name a few.

Rotator cuff injuries can be debilitating and are prone to being aggravated and re-injured during normal activities. It’s also possible for patients to develop stiffness and pain associated with “frozen shoulder” following the injury or trauma. Because the shoulder and rotator cuff are vital to many activities, it’s important to seek treatment for your condition.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries to stimulate cellular repair. LLLT has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect as well as a healing effect on inflamed Rotator Cuff and surrounding inflamed soft tissues.  LLLT is completely safe and has no effect on normal tissues.

Inflammation is the body’s response to injury to attempt to heal it. But often the inflammatory reaction is excessive and this has a paradoxical inhibitory effect on the body’s natural healing mechanisms. This then perpetuates pain and dysfunction in the affected area. By improving circulation and increasing cellular repair functions LLLT provides an environment for your body’s own natural healing processes to be activated and restored. Once normal immune processes are restored, the excessive inflammation is reduced and healing can begin.

LLLT does not exert any physical force on the rotator cuff. Manipulation of the rotator cuff just aggravates it, so you don’t want to actually handle the rotator cuff, but instead decreasing the inflammation enables faster healing.

LLLT stimulates blood flow and lymphatic drainage, improved delivery of O2 and nutrition to the area, oxygen utilisation, removal of oxygen-free radicals and other waste products, and tissue healing. Read more on how Low Level Laser Therapy works.

You will be encouraged to move the affected area within range of movement/pain but not exert stretch or force during the healing phase

The end result is resolution of inflammation and restoration of healthy rotator cuff and local soft tissues. Once tissues are healed, pain is eliminated and normal range of motion and function is restored. Then muscle and tendon strength and flexibility can be addressed with graduated exercises and stretching.

LLLT has no known side effects, is safe and effective. By treating the underlying problem, LLLT results in permanent pain relief and restoration of function, assisting with issues such as knee pain, hip pain and bursitis related chronic pain.

To see how Low Level Laser Therapy can help your Rotator Cuff Tendonitis contact us for more information or to make an appointment.

Toorak, Victoria, Melbourne

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