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Common Problems: Rotator Cuff Injury



This month at Fine Form Physio we take a look at Rotator Cuff.

What is the Rotator Cuff

The Rotator Cuff are a group of muscles which are responsible for stabilizing the shoulder through movement.

Injury to this area is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain presenting to physiotherapy and is usually caused by repetitive movements in awkward positions, excessive overhead activities, strenuous lifting or from trauma.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms will depend on the severity of the tear or tendon irritation and can be partial or complete. You will notice that your shoulder pain and weakness usually increase with the severity of your injury.

People usually report pain with overhead movements or reaching for a parking ticket, when getting dressed and are usually unable too reach behind their back. In more severe cases, you will find it painful and will have limited shoulder movement in all directions.


Treatment

Physiotherapy focuses on eliminating pain through hands on therapy, increasing movement and strengthening the rotator cuff and supporting scapula muscles. You will be guided as to which movements or positions to avoid thus preventing further deterioration of your condition. Finally you will be guided on the safe and gradual progression to normal shoulder function and be provided further exercises for future injury prevention.

Outcome

Time frames for full recovery of these conditions depends on severity and a patients age, with recovery typically taking longer when the injury was traumatic as opposed to gradual onset or if the patient is > 40 years of age. Typical recovery ranges from 4-12 weeks based on these factors.

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