Physiotherapy for Rotator Cuff Injuries
Rotator Cuff injuries are a very common source of shoulder pain and affect millions of people every year. The shoulder is a complex structure, so it is important to seek professional help in order to prevent a small injury from getting worse. Physiotherapy can help you regain strength and movement after an injury with the strategic use of exercise, ice, heat, massage, and equipment to bring back your normal range of motion.
What is the Rotator Cuff?
The Rotator Cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that form a cuff around your shoulder to hold the bones in place, and allow you to rotate, lift and lower your arm.
How Can Physiotherapy Help a Rotator Cuff Injury?
Large tears in the rotator cuff tendons may require surgery, after which your physiotherapist can help you to rehabilitate the area. For smaller injuries of the rotator cuff your physiotherapist can help you get to the root cause of your pain with a comprehensive assessment and help you to strengthen your shoulder. They will help you to identify and change any movements you use daily that may be irritating your rotator cuff, and reduce the pain and severity of your injury with the help of treatments and manual therapies.
The Life Force Physiotherapy Approach to Treating Rotator Cuff Injuries.
A full assessment of the shoulders, back and spine is always carried out so that the underlying causes of your pain can be accurately pinpointed and an effective treatment plan can be tailored to your needs.
Posture Correction & Strengthening
Ongoing rotator cuff problems are often connected to an imbalance in the muscles supporting the spine and shoulder caused by movements and positions you use daily. Your physiotherapist will help you to correct the issues with a comprehensive program of strengthening, stretching and rehabilitating exercises and functional movements.
Bringing back mobility can be a lengthy process after a rotator cuff injury. Your physiotherapist can help restore full range of motion in your shoulder using passive movement techniques to mobilize your joints.
Massage, Trigger Point and Myofascial Release
Trigger Points are areas of shortened muscles which can contribute to referred pain or muscular imbalance. The myofascial system is a thin layer of connective tissue that surrounds the brain, spinal cord, muscles, joints and all your organs. It can be restricted as a result of injury or poor posture. Physiotherapy can help to release these “knots” and restrictions and bring balance back to your spine.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into the top layers of the skin to stimulate specific points. It can help restore blood flow bring relief for many types of back and shoulder pain.
Physio Supervised Exercise Program
As you progress through your one-on-one physiotherapy treatment, we at Life Force Physiotherapy believe that a supervised work-out environment is crucial to help you ease safely into your self-directed exercise plan. Our physiotherapists will keep an eye on your movements so that you can feel confident that you’re staying on track.
TENS nerve stimulation
Depending on the underlying cause of your pain, your physiotherapist may use TENS nerve stimulation. By placing electrodes on the skin, nerves near the source of your pain can be stimulated by small electrical signals, bringing effective relief of pain, often without the need for medication.
Depending on the severity of your rotator cuff injury, it may be necessary to move on to more invasive treatments to reduce your pain. Your physiotherapist can give you a steroid injection which will help reduce inflammation in the tissues.
Are you looking for advice for dealing with your rotator cuff injury? Please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with a Life Force physiotherapist to discuss your symptoms. We’re here to help!