If you’ve been training too hard and lifting too many weights, you might have a sore rotator cuff. A rotator cuff is the muscle group that connects your shoulder joint to your arm. This is a very important group of muscles and any injury to this area will be very hard to live with.
Sore rotator cuff can happen due to a number of reasons. Your rotator cuff could be slightly injured while lifting something or while playing ball. The overhead motion of the arm tends to stretch the shoulder joint and ball players frequently face sore rotator cuffs. This is the lot of tennis players as well.
When the rotator cuff is injured, it gets inflamed and a sore rotator cuff is the result. To treat the sore rotator cuff, first apply ice on the injured area. Leave on the ice on until the pain numbs and your shoulder feels better. Ice actually helps stimulate the blood flow. Blood flow to the injured area is what’s required for quick healing.
If the soreness persists, you can take anti-inflammatory drugs to bring down the swelling. It’s important to note here that at no time should you self-medicate yourself. Always consult a doctor if the ice treatment and the rest do not help your sore rotator cuff.
If the pain increases after sometime, or if the pain disperses only to return a few days later, then your sore rotator cuff is probably more serious than you thought. It’s time now for an appointment with the doctor, who’ll scan the cuff using an X-Ray machine first to check for bone spurs, fractures or hair line cracks. If the matter is serious, an MRI scan might be done to get to the bottom of it.