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Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Causes and Treatments for Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff injuries are some of the most commonly made complaints made to Healthcare professionals about the upper body. More than 3 million cases are reported yearly in the US. Some of these complaints include tendonitis, partial or complete tears, strains and dislocations.


Rotator Cuff: The 4 muscles and multiple tendons that come together around the head of the upper arm, the humerus.

Tendonitis: An inflammation or irritation in the tendons and muscles that help move the shoulder joint. This is usually related to repetitive overhead motions or over use.

Partial Tear: A tendon is frayed or damaged.

Complete Tear: A tendon is severed in half or completely off the bone.


Falls or heavy lifting.


  • Pain when the arm is raised and/or difficulty lifting the arm
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Inability to lift objects.
  • A clicking or popping sound when the shoulder is moved.

Conventional Treatments

  • NSAD’s or cortisone injections
  • Physical therapy
  • PRP infusion (platelet rich plasma)
  • Minor surgery

Eastern Medicine Treatment

1. Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the injured tendon, bringing oxygen to the area that stimulates healing.
2. Electroacupuncture is similar to regular acupuncture, but with electrodes attached to two needles and mild current applied to both needles. This method applies greater stimulation to the acupuncture points than needling alone.
3. Cupping draws blood to the site of the injury to facilitate healing.
4. Kinesiotape is an adhesive tape applied to support the muscles, joints and tendons giving them an opportunity to heal. It reduces swelling, increases mobility and enhances recovery.

Diane has 16 years of experience seeing patients and has encountered these types of injuries on a weekly basis. Call her at 619-808-1099 and make an appointment today.

“I had a rotator cuff injury of my right shoulder from carrying heavy luggage during frequent trips abroad. The pain was intense at times and my ability to lift and carry things definitely effected. I saw Diane for both acupuncture and Kinesiotape treatments. Over a period of a few weeks my pain lessoned and limitations eased. Soon my shoulder was feeling normal and I could move and lift as before. That was about 10 years ago and my shoulder has been completely fine ever since. Diane is an excellent acupuncturist/Eastern Medicine practitioner. I have seen her for many health problems for more than 12 years.”