What Can You Do For Your Torn Rotator Cuff?
A torn rotator cuff can make for major pain. Whether it’s from sports or performing heavy labor, it can put you out of commission fast. A physiotherapist can help you get back on track if your doctor diagnoses you with a torn rotator cuff.
Symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include:
- Pain on top of your shoulder or along the outside of your arm
- Weakness in your shoulder
- Loss of motion in your shoulder
- Heaviness or weakness in your arm
- Trouble lifting arm up or reaching behind your back
- Limited motion due to pain
Regardless of how you tore it, you can have a physiotherapist come to your home to help you restore your range of motion, build up muscle strength, and restore coordination. It takes time, but it can help you avoid surgery and heal the affected muscle group.
When it comes to the rotator cuff, there are two types of injury. An acute injury happens after a type of trauma such as a work-related or sports injury. A chronic injury occurs over time after wearing down of the area. In both cases, physiotherapy can help.
Prevent Rotator Cuff Injuries
It’s especially important when you practice sports or you have a physically-demanding job to keep your shoulders healthy. When you do, you prevent tears in the rotator cuff. Here’s what you can do!
– Don’t keep lifting your arms overhead to cause shoulder pain! If you have a job that requires movements like this, call us to have a physiotherapist work with you to help you accomplish your job without straining the area.
– Use exercises that strengthen the muscles of the shoulder blade. By keeping these muscles strong, you’ll be much less likely to endure an injury. A personal trainer can also help with this to build your fitness routine. Remember, well-trained muscles mean you’re less likely to be injured.
– Massages can help soothe overworked muscles. For both athletes and those with physical jobs, having regular massages helps restore circulation to tired muscles and prevents injuries from occurring.
– Keep your posture proper. When you keep your head and shoulders forward all the time, it can change the position of your shoulder blades. This leads to shoulder impingement syndrome.
– Sleep right. If you tend to sleep on your side with your arms overhead or lie upon your shoulder all the time, you can start the process of wear and tear on the rotator cuff and increase your pain.
– Don’t smoke. Smoking is never good for your health, but it can also impact your rotator cuff injury. Smoking cuts off circulation throughout the body. If you want your rotator cuff to heal, you should do everything you can to improve circulation as the oxygen your blood carries will help your cells heal.
For physiotherapy, personal fitness training, and massage, we’ve got you covered with experts in these fields who can come to your home. Call us today to get started on your recovery!