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As careful as one might be with lifting, reaching, and carrying, the rotar cuff is at risk of injury.  This little group of 4 muscles, often called the SITS muscles, because of their names – Supraspinatus, Infraspintas, Teres minor, and Subscapularis, are located under the shoulder muscles called the deltoids.  They form sort-of a cuff  underneath the deltoids.  This is why they are referred to as the rotator cuff.  They are not the “rotary” or  the “cup”.  While they aren’t the primary mover in any movements of the arms or shoulders, they assist and support the movement.

The muscles of the shoulder are responsible for lifting the arm to the side, front, and back; also known as flexion, abduction, and extension, respectively.  They also assist the movement of the pectorals and latissimus dorsi in bringing the arm across the chest, when you reach for your seat belt,  or in reaching behind you, as in scratching your back.

A tear in the rotator cuff can occur when you overreach, overstretch, among other things.  Some tears can heal on their own, with proper therapy, light stretching, and lifting light weights.  Others can  be repaired through surgery.

On Monday I will be having rotator cuff surgery.  Since it requires a lengthy recovery period, I have asked a dear friend and very knowledgeable lady to be my special guest blogger.  Claudia Meydrich is a nutritional specialist, and specialized in natural and whole foods and supplements.  you will want to check back for her informative posts.  Check out her site at  Happy Nutrtionist.

Until I return, stay healthy and keep moving.

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5 thoughts on “The Rotator Cuff

  1. Dearest Pam,

    Wishing you a speedy recovery (even though it might not be lightening fast with rotator cuff surgery). I’ll miss you but know that Claudia will do a primo job making sure that we readers know the latest in health and fitness trends.

    Take care, and know I’m thinking of you!

  2. You left your site in great hands. Keep that recorder going while your recover. All your posts will come back with power and impact. Praying for quick recovery.

  3. Pam,

    I hope you will be able to, at some point, share your rotator cuff surgery experience. Maybe you can dictate it to someone to post for you–just to give us some idea of what you will be goig through. I know it would be enlightening for many of your readers.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers and you know I’ll still be calling 🙂

  4. Pam,
    Sorry to hear of your surgery on the rotator cuff. Hope all goes well. My daughter-in-law had open surgery on her rotator cuff last August and is still in therapy but is almost back to normal. Hope yours is done with the arthroscope and recovery time quickly passes. I will have good thoughts for you. Stay in touch and keep us posted on your progress.

  5. Hi Pam, My friend had this surgery a month ago and is doing beautifully. I hope yours goes as well. I feel sure that it will. I will be thinking of you.

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