Recover Faster from Rotator Cuff Injuries With Physical Therapy

Rotator Cuff Armor Physical Therapy

The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles, which help stabilize the shoulder joint and allow for mobility. Damage to these muscles and the attached ligaments can be due to aging, chronic overuse or injury. An injured rotator cuff can cause a setback due to pain and decreased motion of the shoulder joint. When the rotator cuff is injured or damaged, a variety of conditions can arise:

  • Fluid accumulation in the joint
  • Impingement of the muscles
  • Arthritis and calcium deposits

The Types of Rotator Cuff Injuries

An acute rotator cuff tear can occur from a spontaneous raising of the arm against resistance. A chronic rotator tear typically results from sports with excessive overhead activity, such as tennis players. This can lead to degenerative changes in the tendon and cause decreased function over time. Tendinitis is a result of the wearing out of the tendons and muscles due to age. It takes a long time to heal and can lead to a secondary tear of the rotator cuff. Glenohumeral subluxation occurs when the shoulder joint is loose and unstable. This causes the rotator cuff to have to work harder and can lead to rotator cuff injury, discomfort or weakness.

Physical Therapy for Rotator Cuff Injuries

For many, physical therapy is the answer for rotator cuff injuries. As a matter of fact, studies have shown that those who went for physical therapy for a rotator cuff injury did just as well as those who had surgery. Physical therapy is an excellent way to gain back movement and strength after a rotator cuff injury. The treatment plan is multi-faceted and includes specific exercise, massage, heat and ice to help heal and return to normal range of motion. In addition, a physical therapist will teach you exercises to strengthen your shoulder muscles, help you improve posture, learn to carry objects safely and get you back to your normal range of motion.

When you first meet with a physical therapy for a rotator cuff injury, tests will be done to learn more about your pain. A complete medical history and lifestyle history will be taken to better understand your injury. The goal is to make an accurate diagnosis and then develop a specific treatment plan targeted for your injury.

It takes time to heal from a rotator cuff injury, so be patient. Your physical therapy is your partner to recovery and will work closely with you every step of the way. Call Armor Physical Therapy today and speak to our experts.