There are many activities that Edison, New Jersey, residents do that may result in a rotator cuff tear. For instance, repetitive motions used in sports like tennis can lead to this injury. Also, work-related lifting can cause a rotator cuff tear. Even the natural degeneration caused by aging can be the source of this type of shoulder injury. However, there are many physical therapy methods that are designed to help with rotator cuff tear treatment.
What is the rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff is a structure that’s part of the shoulder. It’s a complex structure that’s made up of four muscles and tendons, and this soft tissue has a very important job.
The muscles and tendons of the rotator cuff have the job of helping to keep the upper arm bone, or humerus, in the shoulder socket. To perform this task, they wrap around the ball located at the top of this bone. The muscles and tendons then connect the humerus to the shoulder blade. In addition to keeping the humerus in place, the rotator cuff also helps you lift and rotate your arm at the shoulder.
Signs you may need rotator cuff tear treatment
There are several common signs that your rotator cuff has been torn. For one thing, you may experience pain. This pain is often at its worst when you try to move your arm or lie down on the affected shoulder. Another sign you may notice is inflammation and swelling in the shoulder. Also, rotator cuff tears also lead to decreased range of motion in your shoulder.
Physical therapy methods used to treat rotator cuff tears
Physical therapy is an effective way to treat the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear. One type of therapy used for this injury is passive range-of-motion exercises. These exercises are called passive because they involve the therapist moving your shoulder in various ways, and they don’t require you to put forth any effort.
Active strengthening exercises are also used to treat injured rotator cuffs. For these exercises, you will be the one providing the force, but your physical therapist will still help you maintain proper exercise form and provide encouragement.
Other therapy methods that may also be used in your treatment plan include:
- Electrical stimulation
- Active Release Technique®
- Cold laser therapy
- Infrared light therapy
Let Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation help you with rotator cuff tear treatment
Our Arrow Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation clinic in Edison has a team that can help you treat an injured rotator cuff. In fact, we’ll combine many of the previously mentioned therapy methods together to create a personalized treatment plan for you.
Take the next step toward healing your rotator cuff tear. Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.