Physical therapy may be what you need!
Shoulder pain is the 3rd most common cause of musculoskeletal disorders, behind only lower back and cervical (neck) pain. Per the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, in 2006, approximately 7.5 million people visited their doctor for a shoulder-related problem. They report that 4.1 million of those visits (>50%) were due to injury or dysfunction with the rotator cuff, a group of 4 muscles surrounding the shoulder joint that provide stability and help us lift our arm overhead.
What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?
When someone tears or injures their rotator cuff, it’s usually due to repetitive strain (wear and tear) or acute trauma (like a fall, for example). In repetitive stress, symptoms can start very mildly, such as dull pain throughout the shoulder. Usually, with rest and ice, symptoms will subside within a short time (<2 weeks), and without proper education, people will return to the activities that caused the symptoms.
Physical therapy before surgery.
Regarding rotator cuff surgery, physical therapy is an indispensable component of the preparation and recovery process. Not only can it help manage pain before the surgery, but it can also facilitate a more rapid recovery post-surgery. Physical therapy can maximize the potential of your recovery both before and after the procedure.
Before the surgery, physical therapy can help improve your range of motion and enhance the strength of the muscles surrounding your rotator cuff. This can lead to a reduction in the amount of pain you experience and an overall improvement in function. Additionally, physical therapy can be vital in your mental preparation for the surgery and the following recovery period.
After the surgery, physical therapy is paramount for regaining strength and mobility in your shoulder. Your physical therapist will work closely with you to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan tailored to your needs. By following this plan, you can recover more quickly and with fewer complications. With the help of physical therapy, you can get back to your normal activities and daily routine more swiftly than you would without it.
In addition to its physical benefits, physical therapy can positively impact your mental health. The support and guidance of a physical therapist can provide you with the confidence and motivation you need to overcome the challenges of surgery and recovery. Working with a physical therapist can make you feel more empowered and in control of your recovery process.
Physical therapy is invaluable for anyone preparing for or recovering from rotator cuff surgery. By incorporating physical therapy into your treatment plan, you can optimize your potential for recovery and improve your overall quality of life.
Cray Physical Therapy offers treatments, management, and general information for several types of pain related to work, sports, or everyday living injuries. Give us a call at 339-987-4856 so we can help you get on the road to recovery!