Take Advantage of Physical Therapy as Your First Line of Defense for a Rotator Cuff Injury

A tear in your rotator cuff is not life-threatening, but can limit movement and cause pain. Combing your hair, putting on a coat, or lifting groceries, may be difficult and can be very painful. Throughout the day, the range of pain can vary. You may feel pain spread down the outside of the upper arm and on top of the injured shoulder. The pain will increase during the night when laying on the injured shoulder. 

Your rotator cuff is a group of four muscles on your shoulder blade with tendons that attach to your humeral head (upper arm bone).  A rotator cuff tear is an injury to one or more of the muscles and tendons in your shoulder. You may hear clicking, cracking, or popping sounds when you move it, especially when lifting something heavy. The muscles and tendons in the shoulder help you to lift and rotate your arm. They also help hold the humeral head firmly in your shoulder socket, preventing dislocation. A rotator cuff injury/tear can be caused by many incidences such as; a fall by overuse (sports activities like pitching).

If the injury is severe enough surgery may be an option to repair it.  All surgeries come with some risk. Based on your overall health, you and your doctor can decide what risk may exist for you. Consider your options.  Rotator cuff tears are treatable without surgery. Physical Therapy has been shown to help improve pain, weakness, and arm movement. Our physical therapists can assist you with a variety of exercises and stretches to strengthen your shoulder muscles. It’s best to try non-surgical treatments first, as many times surgery can be avoided.

If you or someone you know is suffering from shoulder pain have them call us for a free consultation 516-829-0030.