Continuing your therapy at home is an essential part of the recovery process after a rotator cuff tear. You will work with your Physical Therapist to come up with an at-home program tailored to you based on the severity of your rotator cuff tear, your activity level, and your lifestyle. At home physical therapy includes a combination of rest, applying ice, stretching, and exercising in order to have the best outcome after a rotator cuff tear.
- Rest & Ice: allowing time for your shoulder to recover and for the tissues to heal is an important aspect of the recovery process. Rest in combination with an ice pack is a great way to reduce both pain and inflammation.
- Activity Modification: Depending on the severity of your rotator cuff tear and where you are in the rehabilitation process, you may have to make some changes to your typical activity level to reduce stress on your shoulder.
- Home Exercise Program (HEP): After your first few PT visits, your Physical Therapist will prescribe a home exercise program for you to complete on the days you are not in the clinic for treatment. The HEP will include a list of exercises, both stretches and strengthening exercises, with pictures and a description of each. Completing your HEP is a vital part of your therapy treatment, and will improve the effectiveness and speed of your recovery process.
If you are experiencing any kind of shoulder pain or have been diagnosed with a Rotator Cuff Tear, 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:
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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.