Exercises are a very important part of
treatment for a
rotator cuff disorder. If you have pain, weakness, and
stiffness in your shoulder from a rotator cuff problem, your doctor will likely suggest that you try exercises and other at-home treatments.
These treatments may include rest, ice, heat, and NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or naproxen.
At-home treatments can help heal most rotator cuff
problems. If they don't work, you may want to think about surgery or other treatment.
Try to avoid certain motions and everyday activities that make your problems
worse. For example, try not to reach into the backseat of your car or stretch
your arms toward your back. Be careful when you start your exercises. Slow down
or stop if you need to.
You also need to do exercises if you have rotator cuff surgery. You will work with your doctor and physical therapist to plan an exercise program. It can help you
get back as much strength and flexibility in your
shoulder as possible.
How do you exercise for rotator cuff disorders?