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The rotator cuff is fairly intricate, but you don’t need to traumatically do something to it in order to start feeling pain. Mechanisms of injury include gardening, yard work, shoveling, and even playing pass with your kids. A lot of the time it’s more wear and tear over time that causes shoulder pain. In fact, the number one culprit of shoulder pain that we most often see is…wait for it…poor posture. When our backs and shoulders tend to be a little more rounded forward it really closes down the area where the rotator cuff attaches into the shoulder. The muscles and tendons are coming in from the back, top, and front of the shoulder and shoulder blade and attaching to the front of the shoulder joint. So with bad posture, as your arms are rounded forward, if you try to move your arms overhead it pinches

on the tendons and over time causes inflammation. That also leads to weakness in the area, which then leads to poor mechanics in the shoulder joint itself; then the cycle of more impingement and more inflammation continues. Signs you need to go to physical therapy • If you are doing something simple like reaching into the cupboard and consistently notice some pain. • Pain when tucking in a shirt or putting on a belt. • For women, pain in the shoulder and arm when fastening a bra behind your back. • If lying in the same position for a while brings pain or soreness that does not go away.

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