The rotator cuff is a muscle and tendon group that is around the shoulder joint and helps to keep the the upper arm bone within the socket of the shoulder. An injury to this can cause a dull pain in the shoulder and make it difficult to use the arm when it is away from the body.
Injuries to the cuff are quite common among people who repeatedly perform overhead motions, like painters or carpenters, or even some sportsmen. This pain is often a dull ache deep in the shoulder that can disturb sleep, and make it difficult for you to even comb your hair. A rotator cuff pain Calgary medical professional will first evaluate whether the cuff is torn and can at times suggest surgery. The pain can also be treated with physical therapy and exercise that strengthens the muscles that surround the shoulder joint so that its flexibility is improved.