Rotator cuff tears and progressive strengthening, when do I start?

Rotator cuff tears and progressive strengthening, when do I start?

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain or weakness, it could be a sign of a rotator cuff tear. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint and help to keep it stable. When one or more of these tendons is torn, it can lead to pain, weakness, and limited range of motion.

Rotator cuff tear

Rotator cuff tear. Image courtesy S Bhimji MD

So, when should you start progressive strengthening exercises after a rotator cuff tear? The answer depends on the severity of the tear and the individual’s overall health and fitness level. In general, it’s best to work with a physiotherapist or healthcare provider to determine the appropriate time to start progressive strengthening exercises.

Our experienced therapists can assess your condition and develop a personalized exercise plan to target your specific needs. This will include progressive strengthening exercises that focus on the rotator cuff muscles and the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.

It’s important to start strengthening exercises gradually and to follow a structured program that steadily increases the intensity and difficulty of the exercises. This helps to prevent further injury and allows the muscles to properly heal and strengthen.

In addition to progressive strengthening exercises, we may also incorporate other treatments, such as manual therapy, acupuncture, and modalities like extracorporeal shockwave, to help accelerate the healing process.

We are here to guide you through the process and help you get back to your daily activities with confidence and strength. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive approach to rotator cuff injuries.

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