Following a rotator cuff injury you will be given a home exercise program, or HEP, is a list of exercises your therapist will assign for you to do on your own at home. It’s a toolbox that you need to use to take responsibility for your healing process. The following is an example of an early HEP your PT might give you for a rotator cuff strain. Following rotator cuff surgery it is important that you adhere to only the exercises the therapist gives you to do at home. You will be following a strict protocol developed by your surgeon depending on the type of repair performed.
- Heat for 10 minutes prior to exercise to warm up muscles prior to your HEP or to relax muscles that are tight
- Pulley – ROM exercises into flexion, abduction, scaption and/or IR to gain ROM with assistance of the opposite arm.
- Postural strengthening and stretching exercises for proper shoulder mechanics, and tight muscles can lead to poor posture (corner and rhomboid stretches)
- Scapular strengthening exercises – proper shoulder mechanics includes good scapular “rhythm” – the scapula must move as the shoulder moves
- Ice for 10 minutes following exercises to decrease pain and inflammation.
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Disclaimer: The information in this blog is intended to be informational only, and is not intended to be used in lieu of medical care. Consult a doctor or a physical therapist before attempting treatment on your own.