Rotator Cuff Physiotherapy
in Brampton

Understanding the Rotator Cuff

The rotator cuff comprises four muscles surrounding the shoulder joint, namely the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. These muscles play a crucial role in stabilizing the shoulder and facilitating movement. Injuries to the rotator cuff often lead to shoulder pain and discomfort.

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Causes of Rotator Cuff Injury

Rotator cuff injuries can result from various factors, including:

  • Repetitive overhead activities
  • Poor posture
  • Incorrect lifting techniques
  • Direct trauma to the shoulder or arm

Common Symptoms

Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury may include:

  • Neck pain
  • Restricted shoulder movement
  • Shoulder pain at rest or during movement
  • Pain radiating from the shoulder to the elbow
  • Pain, weakness, or discomfort during overhead activities
  • Shoulder pain while sleeping
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Treatment Approach

Physiotherapy offers effective treatment for rotator cuff injuries, focusing on pain management and rehabilitation. Treatment plans are personalized based on individual assessments and may include:

  • Soft tissue mobilization
  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Dry needling
  • Strengthening and stabilization exercises
  • Joint mobilization techniques for the shoulder and spine

Depending on the severity and location of the injury, referral to a massage therapist may be recommended to address muscle tension and promote soft tissue flexibility.

Exercises for Rotator Cuff Injury

These exercises can aid in the rehabilitation of rotator cuff injuries:

  • Upper Trap Stretch: Stand with good posture, placing one hand behind your back and the other on your head. Gently tilt your head to the side opposite the hand behind your back. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times a day.
  • Levator Scapulae Stretch: Stand with good posture, placing one hand behind your back and the other on your head. Gently draw your chin toward the shoulder on the same side as the hand behind your back. Hold for 20-30 seconds and repeat 2-3 times a day.
  • External Rotation: Use a resistance band anchored to a stable object. Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, retract shoulder blades, and hold the band with the hand farthest from the anchor point. Slowly rotate the forearm outward, keeping the elbow tucked in. Repeat 10 times on each side.
  • Serratus Wall Slide: Stand a short distance from a wall, placing forearms flat against it. Inhale deeply and slide forearms up the wall while exhaling. Hold for 6-8 seconds, then slide down while inhaling. Repeat several times.

Preventing Rotator Cuff Injuries

To prevent rotator cuff injuries, consider the following:

  • Regular visits to a physiotherapist for assessment and early intervention
  • Taking breaks during repetitive tasks involving shoulder movements
  • Maintaining correct form and posture during daily activities and exercises
  • Incorporating regular postural stretches and strengthening exercises into your routine to promote shoulder joint flexibility and prevent injuries.

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