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Three types of rotator cuff rehab exercises

February 5th, 2020
Three Types of Rotator Cuff Rehab Exercises

Since we rely on our elbows to do so much, elbow injuries are very common. In particular, injuries very often occur in the rotator cuff, which is a collection of muscles and connective tissue that joins the arm to the shoulder. This important part of the body needs to be strong enough to endure the stress that the shoulder is placed under while being flexible enough to perform the intricate array of actions required by the arm. 

When rotator cuff injuries, including strains, sprains and tears, occur, physical therapy is one of the most effective forms of treatment, with research to back it up. By using therapeutic exercises to provide rehabilitation to the rotator cuff, physical therapists can help promote healing, improve mobility and reduce the chances of reinjury. 

What types of exercises help with rotator cuff rehab?

When you first meet with a physical therapist for the treatment of a rotator cuff injury, you will typically start with a full evaluation to assess the sources of your symptoms. With this information, you can work together to develop a treatment plan that includes the following types of rehab exercises: 

  1. Strengthening — An important part of rotator cuff injury rehab is strengthening the muscles and connective tissue to make the area more resistant to the stress it endures on a daily basis. 
  2. Range of motion — By using active and passive stretches, a therapist can help increase flexibility to allow patients to perform the basic activities required of the arm. 
  3. Stability — With mechanical training, patients can learn movements that better stabilize the shoulder and put less strain on the rotator cuff. 

In addition to therapeutic exercises, rotator cuff rehab programs will also typically consist of manual therapy designed to loosen connective tissue and increase blood flow. 

Rotator cuff rehab exercises with an experienced therapist

Are you looking for lasting relief from a rotator cuff injury? The experienced and compassionate team at Rehab Access can provide one-on-one therapy that can help you find relief and achieve your treatment goals. Everyone has a slightly different road to recovery, which is why we’re committed to matching you with the right therapist for your needs and provide you with highly individualized care. To learn more about our locations, staff and treatment options, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule your initial appointment.