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What You Need to Know About A Rotator Cuff

Your rotator cuff protects your shoulder joint and lets you move your arms over your head. It’s especially important in sports like baseball, swimming, or tennis.

Once a Rehabilitation Physicians, PC specialist examines your rotator cuff problem, we will prepare a rehabilitation plan. The goal of a rehabilitation plan is to manage pain and swelling while improving function, strength, and range of motion. Ultimately, you should regain strength in your shoulder and rotator cuff tendons to be able to use your shoulder and return to normal activity.

Your rotator cuff protects your shoulder joint and lets you move your arms over your head. It’s especially important in sports like baseball, swimming, or tennis. Your rotator cuff is made up of muscles and tendons that keep the ball, the head of your upper-arm bone in the shoulder socket.

While there are many common causes for rotator cuff injuries, the rehab process may look completely different depending on the severity of the injury, the patient’s age, activity level, and other health factors. Rehabilitation Physicians, PC. will perform a thorough assessment of your rotator cuff and provide specific shoulder exercises that address the key impairments you are experiencing.

A surgically repaired rotator cuff will require several weeks to fully heal. Many surgical protocols for rotator cuff repairs include 3 phases that span from two to three months. The first phase (weeks 1-4) will often involve passive motion from your physical therapist with very light exercises. As pain decreases and range of motion normalized, your physical therapist will progress you to active motion of the involved shoulder.

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