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Torn Rotator Cuff Symptoms

The pain associated with a rotator cuff injury may include but is not limited to:

  • A dull ache deep in the shoulder
  • Disturbed sleep, particularly if you lie on the affected shoulder
  • Difficulty combing your hair or reaching behind your back
  • Accompanied by arm weakness

There is also what is called “referred pain”, where the pain related to a shoulder injury is not necessarily felt only in the shoulder area. This pain can radiate down your arm and may even cause pain in the wrist. Shoulder injuries may also cause tingling and numbness in the arm and fingers.

Drugs & Inflammation

There are more drugs designed to fight inflammation in the human body than any other single category of drugs. NSAIDs are taken regularly by approximately 33 million Americans! Anti inflammatories stop or disrupt inflammation by suppressing or altering the chemical signals associated with the inflammatory response. This interrupts the natural healing process and can often lead to conditions of chronic inflammation.

Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) are often used to stop inflammation, but they may not be strong enough or may have too many side effects. NSAIDs work by inhibiting production of prostaglandins, the chemicals in our bodies that enhance inflammatory effects Prostaglandins are also important to the normal functioning of a number of other processes
including digestion. Because of this, inhibition of prostaglandins by NSAIDs can cause indigestion and stomach and duodenal ulcers.

Corticosteroids are immunosuppressive. This means that they reduce the activity of your immune system. A healthy immune system helps defend your body against bacteria, viruses, and cancer.

Use of corticosteroids decreases the body’s helpful
immune activity, which can increase susceptibility
to infection and interfere with the healing process.

What about Antibiotics?

Antibiotics, he very drug prescribed to fight bacterial infections, also impair the body’s immune system. This paradoxical effect was first reported in 1950, but was dismissed because researchers could not confirm their findings. Then, in 1972 researchers at the Baylor school of medicine in Houston rediscovered that antibiotics can prevent white blood cells from attacking and destroying bacteria.

There is a wide range of natural herbs and vitamin supplements that can be taken to naturally combat many different diseases and conditions.

For example, for the natural treatment of diseases relating to your immune system and or chronic inflammation do some research on “Immunocal” a natural supplement with no side effects, that is available here Costa Rica. Ask us about Immunocal and if it’s right for you.

How’s your posture?

Posture is the body’s response to natural forces of gravity and the stresses of daily living, whether standing, sitting, walking or reclining. With normal erect posture, the body is in a state of intrinsic equilibrium, maintained by minimal muscular effort. Healthy posture is largely determined by three factors: skeletal structure, soft tissue integrity and neurological control. Breakdown in any of these components can result in subluxations, instability, weakness, pain and loss of neurological control.

What is the role of inflammation in the body’s natural healing process?

The inflammatory response:

  1. Prevents the spread of damaging agents to
    nearby tissues
  2. Disposes of cell debris and pathogens and
  3. Sets the stage for the repair process.


“Inflammation is one of the most important mechanisms of host defense since it marshals the attack on the injurious agent and leads to repair of the affected tissue”

The role of inflammation in the process of healing has been misunderstood for many years. Recent neurological and immunological research has shed light on its importance in the human healing process. A clear shift in science is taking inflammation away from being the enemy of health and a condition to be suppressed and or eliminated to one in which its importance and role is allowed to proceed.

Although at first, edema may seem to be detrimental to the body, it isn’t. The entry of protein-rich fluids into the tissue spaces.

  1. Helps to dilute harmful substances, which may
    be present
  2. Brings in large quantities of oxygen and
    nutrients necessary for the repair process.
  3. Allows the entry of clotting proteins which form
    a gel like fibrin mesh in the tissue space that
    effectively isolates the injured area and prevents
    the spread of bacteria and other harmful agents
    into the adjacent tissues. Its also forms a
    scaffolding for permanent repair.

When faced with a muscle or joint injury, don’t jump right to icing the injured area. Remember that inflammation is your body’s first line of defense. The reason for icing is to decrease swelling…instead try gentle stretches or massage to increase circulation…and for muscle pain you can even try heat as a natural muscle relaxant.