Rotator Cuff Injuries
A Rotator Cuff Injury is a common condition that affects the muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that work together to stabilize the shoulder joint and allow for a range of motion. Injury to the rotator cuff can result in pain, weakness, and limited movement of the shoulder.
Common Features & Symptoms
Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Injury may include:
• Pain in the shoulder that worsens with movement or at night
• Weakness in the arm or shoulder
• Limited range of motion in the shoulder
• Shoulder stiffness or instability
Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator Cuff Injuries can occur due to a variety of factors, including:
• Overuse or repetitive strain on the shoulder joint
• Traumatic injury, such as a fall or direct impact to the shoulder
• Degeneration of the rotator cuff tendons due to aging, or gradual wear and tear
Physiotherapy Assessment and Diagnosis
Physiotherapy can play a crucial role in managing Rotator Cuff Injuries and improving quality of life. The goals of physiotherapy treatments are to:
• Relieve pain and inflammation
• Improve range of motion in the shoulder joint
• Strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint
• Improve shoulder stability and posture
• Provide advice and education on managing the rotator cuff tear
At Prohealth Sports And Spinal, your physiotherapist will conduct a thorough assessment to develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and situation. The assessment may include a medical history and physical examination, shoulder range of motion, muscle strength, flexibility, as well as an assessment of posture and body mechanics.
Physiotherapy Treatments and Advice
Once our physiotherapists have assessed the condition thoroughly, they will customise a treatment plan to help you recover faster and return to pain-free mobility.
We use a range of physiotherapy methods to treat rotator cuff injuries, including:
• Manual therapy for soft tissue and joint mobilization to release tension in the shoulder
• Pain management techniques including shockwave therapy, acupuncture
• Remedial exercises and stretches to maintain shoulder range of motion
• Specific shoulder mobilization and range of motion exercises to regain or improve mobility
• Strengthening exercises to build up muscle strength and stability
Need Help With Your Rotator Cuff Injury?
If you have been experiencing symptoms of a rotator cuff injury or pain in the shoulder, make sure to consult your physiotherapist. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific needs and helps you manage your symptoms effectively.
Our physiotherapists are highly experienced in managing and treating the symptoms of rotator cuff injuries as well as other musculoskeletal conditions.
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