Physical therapy is a common treatment for shoulder pain and rotator cuff tears. Typically the result of a throwing injury, a fall, or repetitive overuse, a rotator cuff tear may result in progressive degeneration of the shoulder joint if not treated.
The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, keeping your humerus in the socket of the shoulder. A rotator cuff injury commonly results in an ache in the shoulder, which often worsens with repeated use of that affected side.
A sudden loss of motion immediately following a shoulder injury, pain lasting longer than a few weeks, or a diagnosed rotator cuff tear are all issues that should be discussed with a primary care physician as well as a physical therapist.
Physical therapy can help alleviate pain, shorten healing times, and potentially even help patients avoid shoulder surgery. Therapeutic modalities such as hot and cold therapy, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation can significantly relieve pain and reduce inflammation. Physical therapists will also use massage, specialized mobilization and taping techniques, as well as therapeutics stretching/strengthening exercises to restore patients to pain-free function. Physical therapy can also be utilized as a pre or post-surgical treatment.
Renew Physical Therapy is proud to serve Portland-area residents suffering from rotator cuff tears. Renew Physical Therapy utilizes several therapeutic modalities to relieve pain and restore pain-free function.
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