Did you know that 'normal' tendons are very hard to tear & require a large force in people under age 30??
Katie and I headed along to the Auckland Branch of Physiotherapy New Zealand Education evening last night @aucklandgrammar to hear the latest from Dr Quentin Reeves (Radiologist) from SRG. He updated us on the role of imaging as technology improves in diagnosis of shoulder conditions.
Shoulder injuries make up around 33% of ACC claims each year in NZ!!
As tendons weaken with age (and lifestyle factors) thickening of the tendon and micro-tears can start to form in the muscle.
Tears in the rotator cuff are therefore more likely to be caused from a gradual degradation of the tendon over time that may be accelerated by repetitive activities or minor trauma.
The good news? At Parents Health Haven, our Physios are experienced in rehabilitating 'worn out' tendons and giving you the best chance at preventing major tears and long term disability.
--> Non weight bearing exercise: swimming, cycling, yoga, pilates at least 2-3 times per week
--> Massage: around the joint and surrounding muscles to reduce added tension & pain
--> Heat: the muscles around the joint - wheat pack, spa, or even a bath will help!
--> Acupuncture: to reduce inflammation and painful muscles spasm that contributes to pain
--> Maintain muscle strength: muscles support our joints and help them move. No muscles = more pressure on the joints!