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Is physical therapy for a rotator cuff tear right for me?

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Talk to your doctor. Unless the injury is severe, physical therapy is a typical starting point. Your physical therapist will ask questions about your life and the things you do. He’ll do some tests to learn more about your pain. The therapist will ask you to raise your arm, move it to the side, or push against something to see what your limits are.

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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