Rotator Cuff Injury
What is a rotator cuff injury?
This injury can be a strain or tear of the tendons that make up the rotator cuff. These four muscles are subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor. This injury can either be from an acute incident or degenerative factors such as repetitive stress, bony spurs and reduced blood supply. Common symptoms include weakness when rotating and lifting your arm and pain around the shoulder which may be exacerbated by movement or lying on the affected side.
How is a rotator cuff injury treated?
Rehabilitation for a rotator cuff tear aims to reduce pain and aggravating activities whilst maximising function of the shoulder. Common conservative treatments include reducing activities that aggravate the shoulder, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, exercises aiming to improve strength and function. In some cases, corticosteroid injections may be prescribed, or a surgical intervention may be necessary.
How can an Exercise Physiologist help?
An Exercise Physiologist can develop an individualised exercise rehabilitation program for your rotator cuff tear. Our treatment will aim to reduce pain and discomfort from your rotator cuff tear, guide you through the process of resting and eliminating painful activities and increasing strength and function of the shoulder.