Advanced, Effective Treatment for Rotator Cuff Tears in Arlington Heights
Dr. Ryan Hamm, a chiropractor in Arlington Heights, uses some of the most advanced treatment methods to help people overcome rotator cuff tears without surgery.
Many people with a rotator cuff problem do not know what is causing it, why they have it, or what is the best way to fix it. Arlington Heights chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Hamm, takes a unique and different approach to helping people resolve rotator cuff issues.
Why is The Rotator Cuff So Vulnerable to Wear and Tear?
The shoulder joint is one of the most mobile joints in the body. It is a “ball and socket” joint that must stay in proper alignment during every arm movement we make. Proper alignment is precisely controlled and coordinated by over a dozen muscles in the shoulder. Just one injury to the shoulder, spine or other part of the body can throw off the coordination of these muscles when we lift our arm. Some muscles contract too soon, others contract too late. Some muscles become tight, while other muscles become weak. This problem will cause the shoulder joint to not stay in proper alignment every time the arm is lifted. Over time, wear and tear will begin to develop in the deepest muscles of the shoulder, the rotator cuff.
Image demonstrating a shoulder maintaining proper alignment (centrated joint) when the arm is lifted overhead
Image demonstrating a shoulder NOT maintaining proper alignment (decentrated joint) when the arm is lifted overhead
What Are The Predisposing Causes of Non-Traumatic Rotator Cuff Tears?
Many rotator cuff issues develop gradually in the absence of an acute injury, such as a fall on the shoulder or outstretched arm. These rotator cuff problems are commonly due to one or more of the following:
- Poor posture/spinal alignment
- Lack of creating and maintaining intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) before and during every movement of the arm and shoulder.
- Loss of the fundamental movements we acquired when we went through the developmental “milestones.”
- Scapular Instability
Over time, any combination of these 4 predisposing “weaknesses” will often lead to a rotator cuff tear, rotator cuff tendinitis (inflamed tendon), or rotator cuff tendinosis (degenerated tendon).
Video demonstrating scapular instability
This is a test we do on everyone with rotator cuff and other shoulder problems
Do Rotator Cuff Tears Need Surgery?
Most rotator cuff tears do not need surgery. If you DO NOT have a full-thickness tear, which can be ruled out by MRI, the tear can heal on its own with conservative treatment that addresses the 4 predisposing causes of a rotator cuff tear.
Arlington Heights Chiropractor Treats The Predisposing Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears
Arlington Heights chiropractor, Dr. Ryan Hamm, takes a unique and different approach to treating rotator cuff tears, rotator cuff tendinitis, and rotator cuff tendinosis. He assesses posture, intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) regulation, scapular stability, and the foundational movements of the shoulder to determine the exact dysfunction that needs to be addressed. Treatment consists of Chiropractic Biophysics (CBP) techniques and Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS) to correct the underlying dysfunction so the rotator cuff can heal itself naturally.
Every day, we help many people with rotator cuff problems in Arlington Heights. If you live in the Arlington Heights area and suffer from a rotator cuff tear, contact Dr. Ryan Hamm to see if he can help.
Dr. Ryan Hamm is a chiropractor in Arlington Heights that has helped many people in the Arlington Heights area resolve rotator cuff tears. If you or someone you know is suffering from a rotator cuff tear, rotator cuff tendinitis, or rotator cuff tendinosis, contact him to see if chiropractic treatment can help.