Your body is made up of many muscles and tendons that work together to help you move through life. But sometimes, these systems can be disturbed by injuries and/or medical conditions. One of the most common muscle and tendon injuries in the body is to the rotator cuff, which drives nearly 2 million Americans to seek medical care each year.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround your shoulder joint, keeping your arm and shoulder connected. This collection of muscles and tendons can be displaced or disturbed, causing dull aches and pains in the shoulder that can worsen over time. Additionally, rotator cuff injuries, such as a rotator cuff tear, may manifest as a more intense feeling of pain.
No matter the source of your shoulder pain, you’re likely looking for some relief. In this post, we’ll take a look at several methods of managing rotator cuff pain and focus on how you can find nighttime relief with the help of a rotator cuff pillow.
Read through for a comprehensive take on the causes of rotator cuff pain, helpful tips for managing shoulder pain, and learn how to choose the best pillow for rotator cuff pain. Or, use the links below to jump to the topic that best answers your question.
There are several treatment methods for rotator cuff pain, but before you can find a remedy that works for you, learning more about what’s causing your shoulder pain is a good place to start. According to the Mayo Clinic, generic shoulder pain can be caused by:
If your shoulder pain is more centralized near the top of your shoulder or worsens when you’re reaching up or out, you might be experiencing rotator cuff-related shoulder pain. Harvard Medical School cites the following as possible triggers of rotator cuff pain:
Now that you know a little bit more about the potential causes of rotator cuff pain and shoulder pain in general, let’s take a look at some of the ways you can manage your symptoms, specifically while you’re sleeping.
According to Harvard Medical School, there are a variety of treatment methods that can be applied for tendonitis, bursitis, and minor rotator cuff injuries:
While chronic and more serious rotator cuff injuries may require surgery and other actions to resolve shoulder pain completely, there are plenty of things you can do to manage your symptoms on your own, and with the guidance of a healthcare professional.
Here are a few tips to help you take control of your rotator cuff pain:
Depending on the severity of your rotator cuff pain, it could take anywhere between 2-4 weeks for small tears and several months for more serious cases.
As we mentioned, nighttime pain is extremely common in patients dealing with shoulder pain and rotator cuff injuries; approximately 91% of patients report having dealt with shoulder pain while sleeping. If you’re one of them, the next best step to putting a stop to your pain may be as simple as using a rotator cuff pillow.
In this next section, we’ll discuss what a rotator cuff pillow is and offer up some tips to help you choose the best rotator cuff pillow for surgery and pain management.
A rotator cuff pillow, also known as a shoulder pillow, helps take pressure off of the affected shoulder while sleeping on your side. Rotator cuff pillows, like the MedCline Shoulder Relief System, position the sleeper at an incline with a pocket underneath the wedge, allowing the arm to rest comfortably underneath.
Some of the benefits associated with using a rotator cuff pillow can include, reduced shoulder pressure, pain relief in the rotator cuff area and shoulder, and better sleep quality.
Whether you’ve recently undergone shoulder surgery or are taking pain management into your own hands, it’s important that you take the time to do your research in order to find the best rotator cuff pillow for you.
Here are some guidelines to use while you shop for the right pillow for your rotator cuff pain:
To expand your research and knowledge of rotator cuff pillows, we’ve created a list of frequently asked questions and their answers below.
Rotator cuff pillows support the head and neck while alleviating pressure from the affected shoulder, giving the arm a pocket to rest comfortably underneath.
A pillow that supports and stabilizes the body while alleviating pressure from the shoulder is generally considered to be the best rotator cuff pillow for surgery.
Sleeping on the side of your unaffected shoulder is considered the best sleeping position for dealing with shoulder and rotator cuff pain.
Enlisting the help of a rotator cuff pillow, such as MedCline’s Shoulder Relief System is one of the most effective ways to relieve rotator cuff pain at night. Other helpful treatment tips include:
Our patented three-component Shoulder Relief System is designed with medical-grade materials, comfort, and convenience in mind. The Shoulder Relief System aims to alleviate chronic shoulder pain, lingering rotator cuff pain, and general shoulder discomfort at night using the following key features:
A patented arm pocket relieves shoulder pressure so you can sleep comfortably on your side.
The shoulder relief wedge pillow props you up just high enough to take the pressure off of your downside arm and shoulder.
Feel free to sleep on your right or left side, thanks to our symmetrical design. Body pillow adds comfort and allows for neutral arm positioning for the upper arm.
Position your arm out straight onto the bed or tucked under the body pillow to find what's comfortable for your specific shoulder injury.
Our Shoulder Relief System is designed to be ready for instant relief. While components are compressed for shipping, they’ll start to restore their shape once the packaging materials have been removed. Once decompressed, fluff the Body Pillow and Insert Pillow vigorously to help regain shape.
MedCline can be slept on immediately but may take 72+ hours for any residual “new memory foam” smells to dissipate. Foam typically takes about 30 nights to break in and meld to your body.