Exercises are a very important part of
treatment for a
rotator cuff disorder. If pain, weakness, and
stiffness in your shoulder are related to problems with your rotator cuff, a
doctor will usually first recommend nonsurgical treatment.
Exercises, combined with periods of rest, ice, and heat and taking nonsteroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), resolve most rotator cuff
problems. If the pain in or function of your shoulder does not improve with
these methods, surgery or other treatment may be considered.
need to avoid certain motions and everyday activities that make your problems
worse, such as reaching into the backseat of your car or stretches that pull
your arms toward your back. Be careful when you begin your exercises. Slow down
or stop activity if necessary.
Exercises also play a role when
your rotator cuff is treated surgically. You will work with your doctor and physical therapist to plan an exercise program that helps you
regain as much strength and flexibility in your
shoulder as possible.
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