A couple months ago I hurt my shoulder while throwing a ball with my son. I’ve had shoulder pain in the past, but this time it actually made me stop playing and it has pretty much been sore since that time. This was never an issue in my younger days! After a while of the pain not going away I finally went to see my chiropractor Chandler AZ and he immediately suggested that I had a rotator cuff injury, possibly a tear based on how it happened. He ordered an MRI and it came back that he was right. I had a partial tear in my rotator cuff muscle.
I had heard the term “rotator cuff” before, but to be honest I had no idea what it was before my chiropractor explained it. It turns out that the “cuff” is actually four separate muscles that control the inward and outward rotation of the shoulder. He gave me an easy way to remember the muscles. He referred to them as the SITS muscles. The letters stand for Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus, Teres Minor, and Subscapularis (which is where I have a partial tear). The good news is that after a couple weeks of rehab at the best Chandler chiropractic office in town, I'm feeling a lot better.