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What Are The Symptoms Of Rotator Cuff Injuries?

Your nervous system is essentially a large electrical grid. Your spinal cord sends an electrical nerve impulse that runs between your brain and lower back.

From there, individual nerves emerge from your spine and send impulses to your lower body to supply sensation and movement.

This is what allows you to move as well as feel sensations like touch, heat, cold and pain. Anything that interferes with this transmission can create pain and problems. 

What Symptoms Are Associated With Sciatica?

If you are suffering from sciatica then you have been diagnosed with a "Lumbar Radiculopathy".

What this means is that there is a single nerve or multiple nerves emerging from your lower back that have become irritated or possibly pinched. This often results in the patient suffering from pain, numbness or tingling in the specific area of your leg that is supplied by the irritated nerve.

The term “Sciatica” is often used to describe this condition because most (but not all) “lumbar radiculopathies” cases impact or involve the sciatic nerve which supplies the back & outside of your thigh and calf. Symptoms of lumbar radiculopathy can be varied but most suffer from some form of a dull ache to a constant severe sharp shooting pain. In some cases, you may find that your symptoms are aggravated by certain positions or movements. 

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What Causes Sciatica To Form?

Patients who have suffered an acute rotator cuff injury often report a "tearing" or "snapping" sound and sensation that is followed by severe pain and weakness.

Most chronic strains start silently with symptoms slowly becoming more evident as the tear progresses. Pain is usually found in the front and outside of your shoulder but can also sometimes radiate down your arm.

Symptoms are usually aggravated by overhead activity and may progress to the point that you have difficulty raising your arm overhead. Pain is typically made worse at night, especially when you lie on the impacted area of your shoulder. Be sure to tell us if you suffer from significant neck pain, shortness of breath, chest pain or chest pressure.

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