Rotator Cuff Strain – In-Clinic Modalities
Rotator cuff strains are often treated with physical therapy. PT may be beneficial to avoid a surgical interview, in preparation for a surgical intervention or following surgery. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that work together to hold the head of your humerus in the shallow socket of the shoulder. When these muscles are strained, it can cause dull aches and increased pain with shoulder movement. A physical therapist can prescribe exercises that will help you gain your movement back and help increase blood flow to the injured muscles, encouraging healing. Following your initial evaluation with a physical therapist, a typical PT session early in your healing process may look like the following:
- Moist hot pack – heat will help warm the muscles up and increase circulation in anticipation of exercises – AAROM (active assistive range of motion) teaching your uninjured arm to assist in gaining ROM of the injured shoulder.
- Scapular stabilization exercises – retractions, rows, band exercises
- manual therapy – joint mobilitzations, passive range of motion, soft tissue mobilization, rhythmic stabilization
- IFC and cold vaso – for pain relief and to help with swelling
- Iontophoresis to help with pain and inflammation
- Kinesiotaping to shoulder/scapula to offload the injured tissue and help with shoulder support/pain.
If you are interested in Feeling Better Faster for a rotator cuff strain, contact us for a free consultation. To request an appointment, click here, or call directly to one of our three locations during regular business hours:
Cool Springs: 615-224-9810
Spring Hill: 931-489-2022
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.