MLS laser therapy is an effective treatment for shoulder pain. One of the most common causes of shoulder pain and stiffness results from injury to the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is comprised of a group of four muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, providing the shoulder with both stability and movement. The tendons from these muscles attach to the top of the humerus (upper arm) and act to abduct and rotate the shoulder. Most rotator cuff problems involve injury to the tendons, though the muscles are also sometimes involved.
Athletes such as pitchers and tennis players, who practice sports that involve repetitive movement of their arms, are more likely to suffer from this injury. Additionally, people over the age 40 are susceptible, due to the normal loss of elasticity of these tendons that comes with aging. Injuries can be caused from a direct blow to the shoulder, falling on the arm when it is outstretched or even simply lying awkwardly on the shoulder while sleeping.
Another form of rotator cuff pain results from an impingement. Impingement syndrome occurs when the tendons of the rotator cuff rub against the acromium, causing it to become inflamed, fray and weaken. Arthritis and bone spurs can also contribute to this condition. A symptom that you may have a torn rotator cuff is having a dull ache in the upper arm and shoulder that may extend down to the elbow, especially when moving the arm over the head.
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Dr. George Kollias