If you have ever suffered from a rotator cuff injury, you know how debilitating it can be. The good news is that there are ways to heal from this type of injury. In this blog post, we will explore some of the most effective treatments for a rotator cuff injuries.
The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and tendons that attach the shoulder blade to the upper arm bone. These muscles and tendons help lift and move the arm. A rotator cuff injury can occur when these muscles and tendons become torn or inflamed. Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury include pain and weakness in the shoulder, as well as a loss of range of motion.
There are several treatments that can be effective in treating a rotator cuff injury. These include:
Rest: One of the best things you can do for a rotator cuff injury is to rest the shoulder and allow the inflammation to go down. You may need to wear a sling to keep your arm immobilized.
Ice: Applying ice to the shoulder for 15-20 minutes several times a day can help reduce swelling and pain.
Heat: After the initial inflammation has gone down, applying heat to the shoulder can help loosen tight muscles and promote blood flow to the area, which speeds healing.
Manual Therapies: Physical therapists, athletic therapists, and osteopathic manual therapists can teach you exercises that stretch and strengthen the muscles and tendons around the shoulder joint, which can help speed recovery and prevent future injuries.
Chiropractic: A chiropractor can help you assess the state of the shoulder joint and how the shoulder is functioning in relation to the ribcage. Misalignments in these areas can cause the muscles supporting these structures to act dysfunctionally, leading to a slower recovery.
Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to repair a torn rotator cuff tendon. However, this is usually only recommended if other treatment options have failed.
If you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, there is no need to despair. There are several effective nonsurgical treatments that can help you heal before resorting to surgery. If you need help to recovery from an injury like this, please book an assessment with a member of our team. We'd be happy to help you get the best possible results.