How to Help Your Rotator Cuff After an Injury or Degeneration
In your shoulder joint, you have a group of muscles and tendons surrounding it known as the rotator cuff. These work to keep your upper arm bone stabilized in the shoulder socket.
It might be one of the most flexible joints on your body, giving you a full range of motion. However, it is also incredibly prone to injuries. Tears to the rotator cuff can happen when playing sports or even if you trip and fall with your hand outstretched. Your rotator cuff may also degenerate with age and through repetitive activities.
If you have sustained an injury to your rotator cuff or through doing repetitive activities, there are a few things you can do to get relief.
Rest Your Shoulder
Using an arm sling can help remind you to rest your shoulder joint. It also provides support for your arm while keeping the pressure off these soft tissues. This allows it the chance to heal.
Limit Reaching Overhead
Something as simple as brushing your hair or putting something away in a cabinet above head-level can aggravate an injured rotator cuff. Limit this motion to reduce your discomfort and help speed the healing process along.
Avoid Certain Activities
Doing certain activities can make it harder for your injury to recover, and it may benefit you to change your routine. Even if you have a desk job, changing how you sit at your desk can alleviate the strain from this area. You’ll also want to take it easy from any sports until your injury has healed.
Try Medications or Surgery
Your doctor may recommend steroid injections if other methods aren’t helping you get relief. Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory and can reduce swelling, especially when injected into the affected area. Stem cell therapy is another option, though some doctors may also recommend surgery. However, most doctors will not encourage surgery without first trying other options to repair your rotator cuff.
One of the most effective ways to heal your rotator cuff and restore the strength and movement to your shoulder is through physical therapy. It is widely encouraged to try this method before going under the knife. A physiotherapist can help create specific exercises that ease your pain while recovering flexibility to your rotator cuff.
If you want to avoid surgery because of the costs and the downtime, physiotherapy is where you should start. Often, many people with rotator cuff injuries put this off because they worry about spending too much time in waiting rooms and at appointments. With In Your Home Therapy, our licensed physiotherapists come to you at your home when it’s convenient for you. You’ll get the physiotherapy you need and get back to living your life without that constant pain from your rotator cuff.