Supraspinatus (Rotator Cuff) Tendinitis/Tear
The rotator cuff is a term given to four main tendons that wrap around the shoulder joint, the supraspinatus tendon being the tendon coming off the shoulder blade in the top portion.
Rotator cuff tendonitis (also spelled tendinitis) and tears often occur gradually, though many are associated with sports injuries (especially baseball and swimming), falls on the shoulder, or an added injury due to shoulder dislocation in elderly folk. If you've ever been diagnosed with bursitis, it's possible the supraspinatus tendon is the true source of your pain, not the shoulder bursa. In this case, the pain does not resolve with typically prescribed anti-inflammatory medications.
Symptoms of Chronic Supraspinatus Tear
If a tear or rupture in your rotator cuff tendon occurs over time you may experience the following symptoms.
- Pain in the shoulder when doing a repetitive shoulder activity that eventually becomes noticeable when the shoulder is at rest.
- Atrophy or weakening of the tendons and muscles in the rotator cuff.
- Pain that starts as a dull ache and progresses to a radiating pain from the shoulder, especially when sleeping.
- Sudden pain when reaching above the head or bringing the arm out to the side.
- Muscle spasm and weakness in the arm and shoulder area with limited range of motion.
- A crackling sensation may be felt as the condition worsens.
Supraspinatus Tendon Tear Risk Factors
Repetitive overhead movements without properly warming up (lifting object overhead for work, chopping wood, swinging a hammer, participating in sports such as volleyball, baseball, tennis and rowing) can cause the supraspinatus tendon to weaken over time making it more prone to a tear, tear, and rupture.
Because supraspinatus tendon injuries are often a result of overuse, people over 40 are at greater risk of degeneration and rotator cuff tears due to the body's natural weakening of the soft tissue over time.
Slouching your neck and shoulders forward can also cause excess stress on your supraspinatus tendon because the space for your tendon between the bones in your shoulder become smaller. This can lead to rotator cuff tendons becoming pinched by the bones in your shoulder.
Lack of strength to support the glenohumeral joint of your rotator cuff leads to a greater risk of incorrect movements. This can cause wear and tear on a tendon and weakening over time.
To Start Recovery, Healing Time must be Minimized with Effective Treatment Options
If you have supraspinatus tendinitis, it's very important to heal it quickly and completely. Minimizing the healing time should be an obvious goal, as chronic tendinitis will limit your ability to go about your daily routine for a long period of time.
A seemingly small, nagging injury in your shoulder that's not properly treated can lead to a chronic painful degenerative shoulder injury that can persist for months or even years if not properly treated.
What You Need to Treat Your
Supraspinatus or Infraspinatus Tendinitis:
- A Professional Cold Compression ColdCure Wrap® to reduce inflammation (as soon as possible).
- A Deep Tissue Therapeutic BFST Wrap® to increase Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™to the injured soft tissue (BFST®).
These tools are what you need for rapid healing. These are the tools that top professional athletes use to treat their injuries every single day. And just like these athletes, you can treat yourself at home.
If you have a supraspinatus injury or you're recovering from tear surgery, you can heal quickly if you treat your injury correctly. That means using the right therapies every single day.
Here's how it all works...
Step 1 - Reduce Pain & Swelling with a ColdCure Wrap®
The 1st step for conservative treatment of your supraspinatus, even after surgery, is to reduce swelling to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required for your body to heal naturally after surgery. This is why doctors and surgeons recommend cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours of an injury and following shoulder surgery.
Cold compression therapy is recommended to reduce pain, swelling and tissue damage. Many doctors, surgeons and physical therapists consider cold compression therapy to be the gold standard for treatment of inflammation and pain. On-going cold compression treatments can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs or other medications that can be harmful to your body.
Cold compression therapy is known and trusted by most medical professionals. This is why for years doctors, trainers and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, after any re-injury, and especially after surgery.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and inferior gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been any other option to treat painful conditions and injuries with effective cold compression, so ice and blue gel packs (full of antifreeze and chemicals) have been the only choice up until now.
Fortunately you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, and numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late. You can also get rid of those cold packs that warm up soon after you pull them out of the freezer and gel that pools around your injury putting the short-term cold everywhere except for where you need it most - on your shoulder injury!
The ColdCure Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need for your post-surgical recovery to treat yourself in an effective and convenient way.
When used on a tendon injury, our ColdCure Wraps® provide:
- The highest-level of cold compression to quickly decrease pain, swelling, inflammation and draw the swelling out of your shoulder.
- A tailored wrap that conforms perfectly around your shoulder.
- Effective cold compression that's unlike any other cold compression wrap out there.
- Cold temperatures that stay right over your rotator cuff injury for the entire length of your treatment.
- A home-based solution with consistent (daily) cold treatments that reduces swelling fast, decreases tissue damage after injury or surgery, and opens up the vessels in and around your supraspinatus tendon to receive the blood flow circulation needed to heal quickly and naturally.
- Heavier, more substantial gel packs containing a special formulation of gel - called RigiGel®.
RigiGel® is our trademarked name for a unique gel formula that's made out of food-grade, non-toxic material which holds the cold for an extended period of time. This specially formulated gel also features non-migrating gel technology that makes our Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® truly different from any other wrap available on the market.
RigiGel® is a patented formula that gives you:
- More cooling power per pound of gel than standard cold compression wraps.
- More gel than other wraps, meaning every time you put one on it will keep your shoulder cold for a longer period; pain relief is enhanced and swelling is better controlled.
Our special RigiGel® packs can be chilled in the fridge or freezer to tailor the amount of cold that you need for your injury. It doesn't matter how you cool it down, because our gel packs are chock full of gel that's designed to cool down into millions of tiny snowflakes. This method of cooling means our gel packs aren't icy-cold, just perfectly cold enough to give you the most effective cold compression available.
The cushioned gel will wrap around your shoulder and it won't budge for the entire treatment period. You'll no longer have to deal with annoying pooling around your shoulder or have to hold a hard block of ice on your injury!
Effective Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing the swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your supraspinatus tendon, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal tendonitis injuries faster and with less pain! This is why you need to treat your tendon injury as soon as possible, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, directly after a re-injury or surgery. Applying a Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® right away will stop the damage immediately and unblock your blood vessels to let your body's natural blood flow in to start healing the tissue.
The ColdCure Wrap® = Effective Cold Compression Therapy
It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with a Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® can get the swelling / inflammation in your supraspinatus tendon under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start actually dealing with your rotator cuff tear and the healing needed.
Use a Cold Compression Shoulder ColdCure Wrap®:
- 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling in your shoulder to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime your shoulder feels tender, painful or you're having a flare-up of an old rotator cuff injury.
- Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation.
- Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your shoulder.
Step 2 - Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
There are a lot of people that think their supraspinatus tendinitis is gone after the swelling and inflammation disappears and their shoulder feels better. They also make the mistake of returning to regular activities too soon without proper time for healing. The truth is that healing takes time and after the swelling is gone your tendon injury isn't even close to being fully healed.
Once initial swelling has reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue in your supraspinatus is needed. Believe it or not, this is the best time to focus on avoiding re-injury and strengthen your weakened tendon. It's vital that you don't go back to activities too soon because you might bring on a major setback in your recovery...
- Have you recently re-injured your shoulder by returning to your normal daily activities too quickly?
- How many times in the past have you aggravated your tendinitis just trying to perform basic tasks around your house?
- Is your shoulder tendinitis preventing you from work or activities you love to do?
If this sounds like you - You're not alone...
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. The real challenge is how to promote blood flow to your injured tendon without causing further damage. This goal is even more complicated by the fact that you have to use your arm for almost everything in everyday life.
What can you do to actually start healing your supraspinatus tendinitis?
The answer is simple. Your body can heal itself and it's the blood in your body that makes it all happen. Your blood is how everything that's good inside of you is transported directly to your injured supraspinatus. Your blood carries oxygen, nutrients, water and antibodies right to the source of your injury and pain. Bringing proper blood flow to your shoulder is essential for healing.
Promoting blood flow around injured tissue to help the body heal itself is a concept that's been used for centuries. Oxygen and nutrients, carried in your own blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from your rotator cuff tear will be delayed... Sometimes for a very long period of time.
Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to the tendons and ligaments in your shoulder can be difficult. Traditional methods require you to move your sore/stiff shoulder in order to promote blood flow. This same motion that promotes blood flow can also make your pain and supraspinatus injury much worse (especially if you need to immobilize your shoulder during surgery recovery). Relying on movement alone to increase blood flow puts you in danger of re-injuring your shoulder.
So what do you do when you need to increase blood flow, but you can't move your shoulder without re-injuring your tissue?
This is where the Shoulder BFST Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) come in!
Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®), will help with your recovery and heal your tendon more completely. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to nourish your shoulder, improving elasticity and speeding the healing process. This increased Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ to your damaged supraspinatus is greatly needed to complete your healing and avoid re-injury once and for all.
The only way to get BFST® is through use of a Shoulder BFST Wrap®.
The Shoulder BFST Wrap® is the only treatment method that improves blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. Other methods of warming / heating tissue (hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods need a LOT of time to even reach your rotator cuff tear on a deep tissue level. And even if you were to use them this long your skin would heat up to an uncomfortable level and it may even burn you.
The best source of heat treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't "feel" your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too!
You're not supposed to "feel" a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating your ligaments, tendons and muscles, increasing the blood flow right where your injury is!
- When treating shoulder tendinitis (or any other soft tissue injury), an effective therapy will increase blood flow to the injury while your shoulder is immobile.
- This increase in blood flow will accelerate the body's own ability to heal itself.
- The Top Shoulder & Side Shoulder BFST Wraps® are the most highly effective blood flow stimulation devices that you'll find on the market that is approved by the FDA for use in the home or hospital.
Regular treatments with a Shoulder BFST Wrap® can reduce pain and stiffness from scar tissue and increase overall flexibility in your arm. Increased blood flow will whisk away damaged tissue, toxins, and any bacteria in or around your rotator cuff tear to promote more effective healing. Getting rid of toxins will allow all of the positive healing processes to start in your injury. Increasing blood flow will also increase the amount of oxygen that's being sent to your injured tissue AND boost your tissue's ability to absorb oxygen. (reference: 1)
How Does the Shoulder BFST Wrap® Promote BFST®?
Every BFST Wrap® contains a patented Energy Web® that's flexible and shaped to conform around your shoulder. The Energy Web® provides a uniform wave of healing electromagnetic energy over the entire treatment area. This energy travels deep inside your soft tissue to stimulate blood flow on the deep tissue level where it's needed to heal your injury. It's the electromagnetic energy provided provided by our BFST Wraps® that's crucial to the healing process.
Electromagnetic energy is the only way to get your blood flow moving on a deep tissue level for these reasons:
- Electromagnetic energy waves are not heat waves.
- When emitted from the BFST Wrap®, electromagnetic energy waves penetrate right through your skin and fat layers until they get to your damaged tissue.
- Once these energy waves reach your torn rotator cuff, they're absorbed and quickly converted into heat energy right at the location of your injury.
- The idea of electromagnetic energy waves is slowly catching on in North American, but the truth is, it's a technology that's been used for decades.
Many people just don't know that over the past 30 years, researchers in Japan and China have completed extensive studies on the use of electromagnetic energy for healing and their findings have been impressive. Success has been reported in studies from countries like Sweden and Germany. Research is continuing and soon, much of North American will know what the Far East and Europe has known for a long time...
Electromagnetic energy provides a wide range of health benefits for those not only suffering from a supraspinatus injury, but for many other soft tissue injuries as well.
Regular treatment with the electromagnetic energy in our BFST Wraps® will ensure:
- Your pain will be reduced.
- Your tendon will heal at an accelerated rate with reduced potential for re-injury.
- Your shoulder will have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue in your joint. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. (amazon.com link - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)
Electromagnetic Energy = Increased Blood Flow = More Oxygen, More Nutrients and Less Toxins = Faster Healing
Our BFST Wraps® are uniquely patented designs that are better than other alternatives out there for more than just the electromagnetic energy they provide! Our wraps are made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it is to us. Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.
Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - bio-compatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product to increase blood flow circulation.
Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
Use A BFST® Shoulder BFST Wrap®:
- After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
- Before exercise or workouts to warm up your shoulder to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after shoulder surgery, during rehabilitation, to warm up your shoulder before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
- Anytime you feel your shoulder has stiffened up, is tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
- Anytime you have sore or aching tissue in and around your rotator cuff.
- Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your shoulder to relax your soft tissue, relieve pain, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
BFST® with a Shoulder BFST Wrap® = The Best Way to Deal With Scar Tissue
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your soft tissue with brittle tissue called "scar tissue". This process is no different after you've had surgery to repair your shoulder. The human body will use scar tissue as a temporary solution and will try to build the scar tissue as fast as possible to heal the area. Scar tissue can form fast to bind everything together in your rotator cuff, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) soft tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of the damage in your shoulder in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
Imagine throwing a bunch of drinking straws in the air... Those straws will land in a random, unorganized way. It seems silly to think that those straws could land perfectly straight and all in the same direction.
This is how scar tissue works. The scar tissue that forms in your rotator cuff will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding your tear. This scar tissue will also attach to everything around your tear, including all of that healthy tissue. This can result in a long-term fusing together of your tissue that stiffens up your entire shoulder, reducing your mobility and making your rotator cuff tear injury even more painful!
This is why scar tissue is weak and only a temporary solution to heal your rotator cuff injury. Scar tissue is something that needs to be dealt with fast. If you try to get back into your regular daily activities after surgery with a mound of scar tissue in your joint you'll have a higher risk of re-injury. Scar tissue is just not built to withstand the pressures of regular activity.
If you have an injured rotator cuff with a lot of scar tissue and re-injure that tissue, even more scar tissue will grow to fill in those tears. If you keep falling into the dangerous cycle of re-injuring your rotator cuff without proper treatment you could end up with massive amounts of scar tissue in your joint. Your ability to move your affected joint in a normal way will be impaired as the amount of scar tissue increases.
The only solution to truly repair a chronic rotator cuff injury for good is to break up scar tissue and avoid re-injury.
This can be achieved with regular use of the Shoulder BFST Wrap®. This device provides the blood flow needed to soften your scar tissue and encourage this tissue to convert into health.
It may seem hard to believe, but our ColdCure Wraps® and BFST Wraps® will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce your chance of suffering from degenerative conditions (like arthritis) by maximizing blood flow where it's needed most and reducing swelling / inflammation induced pain.
Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health
If you want to avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits a Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap® will provide the results you are looking for.
Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of using a ColdCure Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™.
Call one of our AidYourTendon Advisers at no cost or obligation to address any lingering questions you have about using heat or cold for your shoulder injury - toll free 1-866-237-9608.
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