So you tore your rotator cuff… What a bummer! The good news is that you have options. Many people believe that when you tear muscles and tendons, you automatically need surgery to repair the damage. However, this isn’t always the case. Physical therapy is an effective treatment for torn rotator cuffs, and can produce equal results to arthroscopic surgery.
Yes, it is true. Some cases will absolutely require surgery. But these are severe injuries in which a tear develops across the entire rotator cuff. While more severe cases will require surgical attention, acute and chronic rotator cuff injuries can be treated and managed with physical therapy.
Once you and your physical therapist decide that physical therapy is the appropriate course of action, your physical therapist will design your treatment plan. This treatment plan will consist of exercises that will restore your range of motion, strengthen the surrounding muscles, and improve coordination in your shoulder.
The ultimate goal is to get you back to your regular activities. In some cases, your physical therapist will help you modify your actions to put less stress on your shoulder and rotator cuff throughout the day. After you’ve successfully returned to normal daily activities, your physical therapist can also help you get back to your active lifestyle or even your job if it requires manual labor. Your therapist can provide you with a list of exercises that are specific to the activities you’re looking to return to.
Your physical therapist can also teach you how to prevent developing another rotator cuff tear in the future. When it comes to treatment plans, you often have more than one option. Exploring all possible treatment options can help you determine which treatment will work best for you and your lifestyle.
Have you suffered from a rotator cuff injury? If you think physical therapy is the right treatment for you, schedule an appointment with Contact Physical Therapy. Our physical therapists are ready to help you recover from your rotator cuff tear!