Repetitive overhead arm motion, as in tennis, baseball, swimming, volleyball, and weightlifting, may create stress in the rotator cuff, which results in soft tissue inflammation and leads to rotator cuff tendonitis.
The rotator cuff aligns the head of the humerus in the scapula and stabilizes this ball-and-socket joint. After excessive repeated use of the rotator cuff, the rotator cuff muscles and tendons become tight, and the head of the humerus can pinch the cuff, which causes inflammation of the subacromial bursa that cushions the rotator cuff, acromion, and humerus. Symptoms may include weakness and pain during arm-overhead activities, pain in the shoulder when the patient lies on it, and a popping or cracking sensation in the shoulder.
As with other soft tissue pain, dry needling acupuncture can be used in all phases of this injury and when surgery is required. Treatment involves needling in the painful or tender area and its associated muscles and is provided usually twice per week for recovery and immediately after the surgery.
Regular weekly treatment of the shoulder with dry needling acupuncture can prevent this injury and improve the joint movement.
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