The rotator cuff is a group of muscles around the shoulder. It is responsible for holding the humerus (upper arm bone) into the socket of the shoulder joint, initiating abduction (lifting arm to side) and rotating arm outwardly.

The muscles in the rotator cuff include:
• Teres minor
• Infraspinatus
• Supraspinatus
• Subscapularis

HOW CAN PHYSICAL THERAPY HELP A ROTATOR CUFF REPAIR?

Problems with the tendons of the muscles can range from being impinged with repetitive motion such as reaching overhead, tendonitis, or a tear. These pathologies cause pain in the area of the shoulder, outer upper arm, or pain radiating to the elbow. Evaluation by your health professional can determine the cause of pain. Therapies are effective to decrease pain and inflammation, restore mobility and strength, and establish self-care measures for improved function.

HOW LONG IS MY RECOVERY TIME?

There are a few factors that play into your recovery time. For example; Patient age, tissue quality surrounding the injured area, rotator tear size, as well as other current medical issues which may delay the healing process. Every patient is a little different. An average range of recovery to perform normal ADL’s (activities of daily living) is approximately 10-16 weeks. However, in order to achieve this, physical therapy is crucial and must be done 2-3 times a week. This will help improve your range of motion and strength.

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