Rotator Cuff Tear Pain Relief

rotator cuff tearGrace Walker, PT, DPT, OTD states that rotator cuff injuries are generally caused by repetitive overhead use or a history of trauma. These injuries are fairly common. In fact, Medscape states that shoulder pain is the third most common cause of musculoskeletal disorders with prevalence increasing with age. 21% of people over age 70 have shoulder pain symptoms. Most of those symptoms are attributed to the rotator cuff. Rotator cuff tears and injuries are more likely to occur after the age of 40 with the average onset age being 55.

A rotator cuff tear can happen in a few ways. Falling, lifting something that is too heavy, or occurring along with another injury such as breaking your collarbone are some common causes. Degeneration is another. As you age, the tendons may slowly wear down causing a rotator cuff tear.

Rotator cuff tears are more common in your dominant arm and may be present without painful symptoms. It is important to seek treatment for your shoulder pain or the pain may become worse and the tear may become bigger.  Walker PT & Pain Center’s team of experts can develop an effective program for your shoulder pain that will provide fast results. We provide hand on, personalized care for all patients.

Rotator Cuff Tear Important DO’S and DON’TS:

  • DO lie on your pain free side. Place a pillow close to your tummy and rest your arm on it.
  • DO elevate your shoulder by keeping the elbow supported during sitting and driving.
  • DO ice 20-30 minutes before bed.
  • Don’t lift with your palms down.
  • Don’t sit for more than 20 minute durations.
  • Don’t push or pull anything when hands are no visible.
  • Don’t aggressively stretch or strengthen without your doctor or physical therapist’s approval.

Success Story: “This is my second experience here for physical therapy. Both times the whole approach was excellent. From reception to treatment modalities to physical therapists to supervised physical exercises, everyone is personal, caring, professional, and very knowledgeable.  Presently, I am being treated for rotator cuff tear that occurred six months ago. I started physical therapy about 3-4 weeks ago and I estimate that I am 80% improved.”                                                                                     ~Ken K.

Contact us today for rotator cuff tear pain relief at (714) 997-5518