Before the advent of the MRI and arthroscope, orthopedic doctors relied on x-rays that gave little information about function and mechanics of the shoulder. With this new technology, doctors could see soft tissue, the rotator cuff, the labrum and other stabilizing structures and began to understand how these structures change and how these changes are related to injuries (4). Age-related changes happen to everyone. The gradual loss of muscle tissue and collagen leads to age-related changes that result in less pliability and more vulnerability in connective tissues. The rotator cuff is especially affected by these changes. Aging brings wear and tear so that most adults over age 40 have rotator cuffs that have started fraying (4). A balanced exercise routine can help to diminish the effects of this aging process. My case study will look at using pilates to strengthen and improve shoulder mobility and stability.
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