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How can a physical therapist help you recover from a rotator cuff tear?

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The therapist will help you:

  • Get back your range of motion
  • Learn exercises to strengthen your shoulder muscles
  • Improve the way you sit and stand (your posture) to help reduce pain
  • Find a way to sleep that doesn’t hurt your shoulder
  • Learn to carry objects safely
  • Use ice or heat to ease the pain
  • Understand why you need to keep moving
  • Find ways to do things so that they don’t hurt your shoulder
  • Return to your regular activities (be patient -- this can take a while)

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Physical Therapy.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, Shoulder Pain: “What causes pain in

my shoulder?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapist’s Guide to

Rotator Cuff Tear.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently

Asked Questions.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy a Good First Choice Before Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy As Effective As

Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator cuff injury.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Physical Therapy.”

American Academy of Family Physicians, Shoulder Pain: “What causes pain in

my shoulder?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapist’s Guide to

Rotator Cuff Tear.”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently

Asked Questions.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy a Good First Choice Before Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

American Physical Therapy Association: “Physical Therapy As Effective As

Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tendonitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator cuff injury.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

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