The rotator cuff is the most prevalent cause for the shoulder pain that you may experience when you make certain movements, like cleaning your hair or putting on a coat. Generally, rotator cuff injuries are most common in baseball pitchers and other athletes who have to use lots of shoulder motion. Nevertheless, issues with the rotator cuff do not only impact athletes – actually, but it’s also the most prevalent cause for adult shoulder pain. Although rotator cuff syndrome may be debilitating and painful, non-surgical therapies are available to alleviate the pain. CBD has shown potential to help with rotator cuff injuries due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxing properties.
What Is Rotator Cuff Syndrome?
Rotator cuff syndrome is a common shoulder injury. Your rotator cuff is a small set of 4 muscles that manage the ball and socket joint that form the shoulder. When these muscles experience a tear or an injury it is known as rotator cuff syndrome. The condition can be minor or very complex, based on the severity of the injury, since your rotator cuff aids to stabilize and control your shoulder.
The 4 muscles that make up the rotator cuff include the subscapularis, infraspinatus, supraspinatus, and the teres minor. They control the shoulder blade, scapula, (the socket) and develop a cuff around the head of the humerus (the ball).
Causes Of Rotator Cuff Syndrome
The shoulder consists of 4 muscles and tendons. As a group, they are known as the rotator cuff that can be injured by various conditions, like:
- Trauma following dislocation or fall
- Structural abnormalities within the shoulder
- Trauma from repetitive movement
- Wearing and tearing of the tendons with people growing older
Any such conditions can cause the tendons or muscles of the rotator cuff to get bruised, strained, or torn.
Symptoms Of Rotator Cuff Syndrome
The symptoms linked to rotator cuff syndrome may resemble those of different shoulder conditions. The most prevalent symptoms include:
- Shoulder pain as the arm is lifted above the head
- Pain that spreads below to the elbow (when the pain crosses the elbow into the hand, it’s not generally shoulder related)
- Decreased degree of motion
How CBD Is Useful For Rotator Cuff Syndrome
CBD (Cannabidiol) improves musculoskeletal health, relieves pain and promotes mobility and general body movement. CBD has a tested record of mending tendons, tissue and cartilage tears and relieving muscle spasms and sprains due to its medicinal qualities. The phytocannabinoid can also be useful in healing rotator cuff syndrome on account of its following abilities:
Regulates Chronic Pain
This cannabinoid links to particular receptors in the brain and the immune system. CBD indirectly acts upon the CB2 receptors which operate within the immune system, controlling pain and inflammation.
The endocannabinoid system which includes receptors and neural circuits control pain within the CNS (Central Nervous System) and the peripheral system. Additionally, CBD restricts the production of proinflammatory cells as done by ibuprofen and reverses inflammation without any adverse effects.
Hastens Tissue Healing
CBD contains collagen, a protein with a gel-like composition, that binds together the bones thereby aiding in pain-free movement. Collagen is packed with amino acids such as glycine which aids to build muscle tissue by converting glucose into energy for the nourishment of muscle cells. Several studies have backed the ability of collagen to heal osteoarthritis, joint aches, and narrowing of ligament and tendon. Moreover, collagen also assists in the growth of tissue across the body and also lowers inflammation in tender joints.
Furthermore, CBD can also advance bone regrowth within the rotator cuff by strengthening the cartilage ‘bridge’ that develops when the healing process of the bone starts. This bridge is made of collagen which gradually mineralizes and solidifies into new bone.
Functions As A Muscle Relaxant
The rotator cuff is formed of a group of tendons and muscles which lie in the shoulder and the upper posterior region and joins the upper arm with the shoulder blade. The anticonvulsant and antispasmodic features of CBD aids to keep the rotator cuff muscles at ease and allows the rotation of the shoulder.
CBD acts through the receptors and assists in stopping the nerve transmissions within the muscles. Even as the brain sends signals to the muscles for constriction, muscle relaxants such as CBD blocks these signals which aid the muscles to relax and lessens its stiffness and tightening.
Nothing is worse than having severe pain in your shoulder. Inflammation is raging and you simply want the pain to end. CBD provides a natural solution to all types of shoulder pain ranging from adhesive capsulitis, arthritis, and rotator cuff tendinitis. Plus, the phytocannabinoid is devoid of the side effects that are associated with traditional medications.