If you develop a weak shoulder or shoulder pain when using your arm, chances are you have a rotator cuff injury. Whether your injury is mild or you need surgery, physical therapy is an essential part of rehabilitating after you undergo rotator cuff repair. Cleopatra Espinosa, MS, DPT, Soujaniya Konada, DPT, and the experienced team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, in Purchase, New York, can help with individualized therapy that promotes healing and restores strength and function to your shoulder. To schedule an appointment, call the office or use online booking today.
Your rotator cuff consists of a group of four muscles and the tendons that attach the muscles to your shoulder bones. These soft tissues hold your upper arm in the shoulder joint, and they also support the arm’s full range of motion.
You use the rotator cuff so extensively that the tissues often become damaged from repetitive movement and daily wear and tear. You can also suffer rotator cuff damage during a fall, from lifting a heavy object, and during athletic activities.
The most common rotator cuff problems include tendonitis and a rotator cuff strain. Tendonitis occurs when the muscles or tendons become inflamed. Rotator cuff strains most often affect the tendons, causing a partial or complete tear.
Treatment for a rotator cuff injury depends on the severity of the injury and if you engage in activities that demand a strong shoulder. Mild rotator cuff injuries typically heal with activity modification, steroid injections, and physical therapy.
You may need surgery to repair your rotator cuff if:
Surgery to fully repair your rotator cuff ensures you regain optimal strength and function.
Physical therapy is essential for rehabilitating rotator cuff injuries, whether the problem is mild or severe. Your shoulder is extremely vulnerable to reinjury after surgery. Post-surgery physical therapy helps you prevent further damage, promotes healing, and eases the pain.
Even if you don’t have surgery, the rotator cuff supports such extensive movement and force that it can easily sustain another injury if you don’t have physical therapy.
At Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation the team always creates a treatment plan customized to rebuild the muscles and restore the range of motion.
A few examples of physical therapy treatments often used by the team at Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation include:
You also learn about the steps to take to prevent future rotator cuff problems.
If you experience shoulder pain or weakness, or loss of motion in your arm, call Elite Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, or schedule an appointment online today.