Posted on: June 25, 2012
Save Your Shoulder – Don’t Push Through the Pain
by Dr. Evan Karas
Your shoulder is a remarkably intricate joint. The centerpiece is the rotator cuff—a cradle of muscles and tendons that enables you to rotate your arm in a full arc. The rotator cuff is instrumental to swinging a tennis racquet or golf club, throwing a softball or football, or even reaching overhead to get the china from the top shelf in your kitchen.
While most people think injuries to this vital structure are a concern for professional pitchers and other fulltime athletes, anyone can suffer rotator cuff problems. As Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Northern Westchester Hospital, specializing in shoulder treatment, I can tell you the injuries typically occur in people older than 35.