The rotator cuff in the shoulder refers to a group of four muscles that attach the head of the humerus (upper arm) to the scapula (shoulder blade). Each of these muscles have a specific action, such as moving the arm away from the body or rotating the arm toward or away from the body. They work as a unit most of the time, stabilizing the shoulder joint during functional activities.
Rotator cuff tears are common, due to trauma or progressive degeneration associated with the aging process. With age, the tendons gradually weaken and become more vulnerable to injury. A tendon of the supraspinatus muscle, because of its location at the top of the shoulder, is prone to damage with repetitive overhead activities or exposure to a bone spur. Rotator cuff injuries range in severity from a partial to complete tear of the muscle or tendon.
- Shoulder pain that may radiate to the upper arm
- Weakness, difficulty moving the arm
- Repetitive overhead motions found in sports or certain occupations
- Trauma (heavy lifting or fall on shoulder)
- Gradual wear and tear associated with age
- Other factors that may cause injury, like a bone spur on the acromion
TREATMENT WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
All Sports Physical Therapy often receives patients with rotator cuff injuries as they are common in the athletic community. You can be sure that you are receiving the top physical therapy and rehabilitative care for your rotator cuff tear at All Sports Physical Therapy. All Sports therapists have a strong background in orthopedics and sports medicine making their treatment plans highly effective in returning you to your best possible mobility as quickly as possible. Athletes that visit All Sports Physical Therapy with rotator cuff tears undergo the most best sports rehabilitation process because our therapists use the most advanced methods in sports medicine and have years of training and experiences.
You can expect your physical therapist to spend one on one time with you to evaluate your progress and explain your condition, give you at home instructions, and answer all of your questions. All Sports Physical Therapy aids will guide you through exercises and stretches that your therapist customizes to your condition. As well as receiving the top physical therapy care, you can easily keep appointments at any of our locations on the upper East Side, Grand Central, and Midtown West. Our staff will take care of all your insurance dealings on your behalf and schedule your routine visits at your convenience.
Modalities, such as ultrasound and electric stimulation, may be used to treat pain and muscle spasms at the start of your physical therapy session. Your therapist will address any mobility restrictions by passively stretching the joint and massaging the tight muscles surrounding the affected shoulder.
Your physical therapist will then show you exercises that will strengthen the muscles around the injured rotator cuff tendon or muscle, to allow it to heal. These exercises will gradually be progressed over the course of a few months depending on your symptoms. Proper form and posture will be emphasized while you perform these exercises to optimize function and good mechanics of the shoulder girdle. In the last few weeks of your program, your therapist will tailor your therapy regimen to include sports or activity specific exercises to allow you to confidently return to your activities without fear of re-injury.