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At Home Tips For Torn Rotator Cuff Rehab

Posted on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 @ 09:02 AM

At Home Tips For Torn Rotator Cuff Rehab

Exercises are a crucial part of effectively treating a torn rotator cuff. If stiffness, pain, and weakness in the shoulder are linked to problems with the rotator cuff, a sports medical doctor will normally first suggest a non-surgical treatment. Plenty of rest, heat and ice packs, and the consumption of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs as well as exercises can resolve most problems related to the rotator cuff. However, if the function of the shoulder and/or pain does not improve after undergoing the aforementioned treatment options, surgery should definitely be considered.  rotator cuff

There are certain motions and daily activities, such as reaching behind a person’s back to the backseat of a car, for example, or stretches that pull the injured arm all the way back, that need to be avoided, especially because they can worsen the injury. When performing the prescribed exercises, it is important to be very careful and to make sure the shoulder does not incur too much pain. If it does, slow down or stop the exercises. When a rotator cuff has been treated surgically, exercises can again play a huge role in order for the shoulder to regain its motions and function thereafter.

More often than not, patients will work with their orthopedist and/or physical therapist to plan an effective exercise plan to assist them in regaining as much flexibility and strength as possible. Exercises that can help a torn rotator cuff include:

  • Range-of-motion routines and stretches to restore flexibility
  • Strength-building routines to stabilize the injured shoulder

Before starting any exercises for a torn rotator cuff, it is advisable to consult a physician or physical therapist in order to ensure that the exercises are appropriate. If the physicians approve the exercises, always keep in mind that the results will largely depend on the patient’s commitment to use the correct method and perform the exercises as often, and for as long as the physician recommends.

Patients are advised not to continue with the exercises if they cause more pain. During this time, it is best to consult the physician or physical therapist to see if the correct techniques are being performed. If pain persists, there is a chance that the exercises need to be modified or that the patient requires another type of treatment.

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