Monthly Archives: November 2014

A rotator cuff injury is no laughing matter. In fact, it is one of the most painful and most crippling injuries that you can experience. It can drastically affect your mobility and therefore impede your productivity.

Anyone can develop this, be it from a sports injury, repetitive strain injury or due to arthritis. You can usually tell that something isn’t right if you experience a tearing sensation, popping sound, or weakness in your shoulder area and you need to make sure that you take the precautionary measures that will prevent it from getting worse. There are many ways to help alleviate the pain and discomfort that you can feel when affected by this injury.

Rotator injury explained

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles plus their respective tendons: the infraspinatus, supscapularis, teres minor, and supraspinatus. They work together to give support and stability to the shoulder joint. Unfortunately, there will be times when they’ll breakdown due to poor form, improper biomechanics, and overuse, among other things.

It is a good thing to have a precautionary check by having a simple measure such as getting a shoulder and rotator cuff assessment ultrasound scan from a tried and tested clincal provider such as Ultrasound Direct. By doing this, you can check your health condition and prevent them from getting worse. The best part? You can rest assured that you are in good hands because Ultrasound Direct employ expert sonographers in the field who have been professionally trained and experienced to perform the necessary procedures to help you achieve your optimum fitness level.

Take a look at the following symptons to see if you suffer from any of these and there are some common treatments to consider first.

Common symptoms of rotator cuff injury

  • Pain when the arm is moved, especially if it is used to resist pressure or performing overhead tasks
  • Pain when sleeping
  • Weakness on the shoulder area

Symptoms of severe rotator cuff injury

  • Tearing sensation, popping sound, or instantaneous pain on the shoulder area
  • Pain, weakness, and fatigue when lifting something (even a light object) or when rotating     the arm.
  • Restricted mobility that is caused by pain and weakness.

Common treatments for the abovementioned symptoms include the following:

  • Rest and avoid movement or activity that causes pain or discomfort. Use a sling if necessary.
  • Ice the painful area to lessen pain and swelling
  • Consider physical therapy
  • Use medication (painkillers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, etc.)

However, if symptoms persist after using any of the above treatments, it would be best to visit Ultrasound Direct to undergo a shoulder and rotator cuff self-pay private assessment ultrasound scan.

Shoulder and rotator cuff assessment ultrasound scan explained

An ultrasound can be a very effective “first look” at persistent or severe aches and pains in various joints (especially the shoulder), before using more expensive imaging modalities such as MRI.

The purpose of the scan is to assess the shoulder as well as the rotator cuff (including the hands or fingers if necessary) for a wide array of conditions. In the process, the tendons, joints, ligaments, muscles, bursa, and soft tissue are examined for swellings.

In addition to rotator cuff injury, the medical procedure can also be utilised to check the cause of shoulder pain. May it be bursitis, rotator cuff tear, or even a degenerative ailment such as arthritis.

For only £99.00 (inclusive of all fees), you can have an ultrasound scan that is performed by an expert sonographer. Afterwards, you can know the extent of your injury and make the precautionary measures to prevent it from getting worse.

All of our first-line ultrasound scan services are optional and you will be provided with either a No-Further-Action or Medical Follow-Up recommendation result on the day. You must be at least 16 years old at the time of booking your scan and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending related to the scan service you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP. At the time of booking, we take your GP or other healthcare professional’s contact details and, on the occasion that your scan outcome is a medical follow-up recommendation, the ultrasound practitioner carrying out your scan will act upon their “duty of care” towards you and, with your permission, provide a copy report to your GP or other healthcare professional.