Shoulder pain is a common physical stress that can cause serious immobility. Our arms are used so often that shoulder function is essential for necessary movements. At Action Reaction Physical Therapy, our therapists work with you to get you on track to be your healthiest, happiest self. Physical therapy can help treat shoulder injuries, one of the most common being a rotator cuff tear.
The rotator cuff is the group of four muscles and tendons that cushion the shoulder joint. When someone has shoulder pain, it is often referring to inflammation or a tear of the tendons that connect the rotator cuff to the bone. These injuries are very normal, especially as people age. Studies have shown that 30% of people under age 70 have a rotator cuff tear with no symptoms of pain.
Oddly enough, treating rotator cuff tears does not necessarily mean healing the injured tendon. Shoulder pain can be relieved by reduced inflammation and restored joint functions, which is where physical therapy comes into play. Physical therapy will not heal a torn rotator cuff tendon, but it is beneficial as treatment along with anti-inflammatory medications.
In regards to a rotator cuff tear, physical therapy can help by improving the mechanics of shoulder muscles. It is important to think of arms, like the entire body, as a single entity that functions only when all parts are working in equal harmony. Many shoulder muscles are emphasized during exercise while others are neglected, which can cause such injury as a rotator cuff tear. Physical therapy targets those smaller muscles and tendons that are equally as important in the shoulders’ function. Strengthening these supporting muscles improves the joint mechanics and compensates for the damaged tendon, restoring shoulder ability.
Got shoulder pain? Physical therapy helps treat rotator cuff tears that cause common pain in the shoulders.
As with any pain or injury, it is important to treat sooner rather than later, especially for a body part as critical as the shoulder. Contact us at Action Reaction Physical Therapy for a health evaluation and begin the road to recovery.
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