The rotator cuff is one of the most commonly injured muscle groups in the body. The glenohumeral joint or shoulder, as we know it, is the most unstable joint in the body. It is unstable because of the anatomic design and the amount of different types of movements it can perform.
There are 4 muscles that make up the rotator cuff and I refer to them as,
The 4 Horsemen:
All shoulder injuries are not just the rotator cuff. There are several injuries to the shoulder that I won’ discuss here to save time and stay focussed. Here is a very short list of others.
AC joint degenerative changes
The most common types of injuries to the rotator cuff are a strain/tear or tendinosis to one or more of the 4 Horsemen.
Most of us do not need a traumatic event to cause these types of injuries and repetitive daily activities are th...
Diastasis Recti is a condition, which occurs typically during pregnancy, whereby the connective tissue that holds the rectus abdominis together begins to seperate. This condition can also persist in males either congenitally or men that have a pendulous abdomen. I will speak mostly to this condition post-pregnancy, however, the treatment and solution are the same for both men and women. During pregnancy it is normal, however, post-pregnancy if it persists after several months and weeks it can be a sign of weakness in our core muscles.
The rectus abdominis is the most superficial layer of our abdominals; our 6 pack muscle. There are 3 other muscles that make up our abdominal group; the transerve abdominis- which is the deepest ab muscle and our internal and external obliques. These muscles work together with other muscles ie: diaphragm, pelvic floor and glutes to stabilize our back and hips during and after pregnancy.
This condition occurs due to excessive intra-abdominal pr...
It is a pain in the hip/groin area near the front of the hip instead of the back. It feels like a pinch or an ache and increasing in pain over time. It is associated with pinching pain in the hip with running, kicking, jumping, squatting and going upstairs. This is a tricky diagnosis to make, as there are plenty of other possible causes of this type of pain. Here are just a few other possibilities:
Femoral Acetabular Impingement
Tensor Fasciae Latae trigger point referral
L1 or L2 lumbar disc injury
This is why a physical exam and proper diagnosis is the key to treatment. Once the diagnosis is made the treatment can be straightforward.
Take rest for a limited period of time to help with pain management
Passive care via active release, laser therapy, etc
Begin stretching or rolling depending on the area’s sensitivity
Return normal range of motion through the above exercises and non-weighted exercises
Strengthen the muscle both concentrically and ec...