Golfing season? No, not yet! Not in this part of the world anyway! You’ll find out the significance of the photo if you keep reading…
The rotator cuff refers to a group of muscles that surround your shoulder joint allowing you to move it in many different directions. There are four muscles that make up this group: Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres minor, and Subscapularis. I mention these names only to prove that I paid attention in school, not because you ever have to remember their names or know where they are located!
These muscles are extremely important in allowing the proper movement of your shoulder joint, not only for initiating the motion, but also providing stability by holding the “ball” in the “socket” while movements occur. Keep in mind that in the shoulder joint, the “socket” is very shallow, comparable to a golf ball sitting on a tee. (Yes, that is the relevance to the photo!) So these muscles hold the shoulder in place while the larger muscles around them are responsible for the primary movement.
Here is the important part for you: These muscles – or usually the tendons attached to them – can get torn either by frequently repeated small movements or by extra-strenuous one-time movements. Rotator cuff injuries can be very painful and limit the mobility of your arm. In addition, they tend to take a VERY long time to heal on their own (if ever).
Laser Therapy is ideally suited for the task of speeding up this healing process by focusing light energy directly on the injured tissue. It helps to reduce inflammation and rebuild injured tissue. Sometimes a surgical repair is required if the damage is bad enough, but in most cases, laser therapy and some rest will do the job.