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Rotator Cuff Tear

What is Rotator Cuff Tear?

Rotator cuff tearRotator Cuff Tears occur when the shoulder’s rotator cuff tendon tears due to trauma or continuous micro-trauma. Traumatic cuff tears occur as the result of lifting heavy loads, using improper posture and form during exercise or a fall on outstretched arm. Repeated micro-trauma tears occur over the duration of many weeks, months, and years.

Pinching and straining the rotator cuff tendons damage the soft tissue, leading to swelling and bruising. The symptoms of a rotator cuff injury are shoulder pain and muscle weakness, which increases as the pain increases.

Rotator cuff tears can be partial causing clicking, weakness, and mild to moderate pain in the shoulder. Full rotator cuff tears cause severe pain and weakness in the shoulder and may require operation to restore function.

Rotator cuff tears affect one’s ability to lift weights with regardless of the heaviness and raising the arm above shoulder level. In majority of patients rotator cuff tears are managed conservatively and without surgery. When the pain is severe, or if the tear heavily affects patient’s function then a surgical correction followed by intensive rehabilitation is necessary.

Common Treatment Options

  • Ultrasound, laser, TENS and IFC for pain and inflammation
  • Chiropractic and massage therapy
  • Rehabilitation exercises for shoulder and postural muscles
  • Manual therapy
  • ART and IASTM
  • Dry needling
  • Acupuncture
  • Education

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Physiotherapists treat Rotator Cuff Tear

At Physiomobility, we have a team of qualified professionals who offer specialized treatment for various musculoskeletal conditions. Whether you have a chronic medical condition, such as arthritis, or you have experienced a sports injury, or suffer from dizziness and vertigo our experienced physiotherapists will provide you personalized treatment, offering you relief from pain and discomfort and enabling you to get back to your usual activities quickly.