Rotator Cuff Physical Therapy Exercises Will Repair Your Damaged Shoulder Quickest

Published: 27th November 2009
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Having torn my rotator cuff quite badly at the end of last year and ending up with a shoulder impingement I have found out that rotator cuff physical therapy exercises are by far the quickest way to get your shoulder back to its pre injury state. This is true whether you are aiming to just speed up recovery time or recover from surgery.

Physical therapy is always recommended as part of the recovery process for cuff injuries. It is usually tried before resorting to surgery as most problems will respond to shoulder specific exercises. The exceptions to this are a full thickness rotator cuff tear or a severe shoulder impingement both of which may require surgery and a period of rest before starting physical therapy.

It is essential with any shoulder injury that you let your shoulder rest properly for some time until any inflammation and pain have subsided. Any discomfort that you feel with specific movements is usually a sign that you are doing more damage to the tendons and muscles. Resting your shoulder properly may well mean using a sling, avoiding driving and will certainly mean changing your day to day activities to avoid any movements that cause you pain. Along with the rest, use non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to bring down the inflammation. Inflammation of the tendons and muscles is the main cause of pain in rotator cuff injuries and bringing down the inflammation is key to a successful recovery.

Once the pain and inflammation are under control it is essential to begin shoulder specific exercies that are aimed at rehabilitating this group of muscles and rebuilding the shoulder. Physical therapy exercises will not be the general weight bearing shoulder exercises that we use to build muscle as these focus on the main muscles of the shoulder and avoid the rotator cuff.

Rotator cuff physical therapy will consist of exercises with little or no resistance or weight often relying just on the natural resistance of the body to achieve results. Just lifting the weight of your arm is often enough resistance to achieve the desired effect at first, moving on to using small weights as the muscles gets better. Any exercise routine should include a series of gentle stretches to avoid further injury to the damaged muscle, followed by stabilising and strengthening exercises. You will be surprised how quickly your shoulder can return to normal once you start developing the rotator cuff muscle.

In my case, I managed to fix a bad shoulder rotator cuff tear and shoulder impingement, which I was told would require surgery, in just eight weeks using rotator cuff physical therapy exercises.

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