Physical Therapy in North Arlington, NJ
Rotator cuff muscles are a group of four muscles that help stabilize the shoulder through its range of motion. The muscles can be torn through trauma or simply wear and tear over time. Rotator cuff tears can cause problems using your arm effectively or sleeping comfortably. If you live in the North Arlington, NJ, area and have been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear, look no further than Pro Staff Physical Therapy for your care.
Our team believes in treating patients beyond their initial symptoms and conditions. We specialize in treating all rotator cuff tears, from post-operative care to conservative management. We hope to help you recover as quickly as possible while helping you achieve your future movement goals.
What Causes Rotator Cuff Tears?
Rotator cuff tears can happen for a variety of reasons. Common reasons for a tear in these muscles can be general aging of the muscles, repetitive use of the shoulder while pitching or swimming, or trauma to the shoulder, such as a fall. Whether you suspect a rotator cuff tear or have had imaging to confirm the type of tear, physical therapy can help.
Extensive evidence proves that physical therapy can address the strength and mobility of the rotator cuff muscles with excellent results. When working with a physical therapist, you will be able to identify areas of weakness and mobility restrictions within the shoulder and how to improve them based on your specific movement goals. We will also help you be able to come up with exercises to help prevent it from happening again.
Common Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tears
- Dull ache deep within the shoulder
- Sharp pain with external rotation or overhead reaching
- Pain with sleeping on the affected side
- Decreased strength in the shoulder
- Reduced mobility in the shoulder
How to Treat Rotator Cuff Tears
Rotator cuff tears can be treated conservatively with physical therapy and/or surgically to repair the muscle. Treatment will vary based on several factors, including the type of tear, the quality of the muscle tissue, and your general health.
The purpose of the rotator cuff muscles is to help stabilize the humerus in its proper position. Therefore, you will strengthen these muscles through physical therapy while allowing them to heal correctly.
The physical therapists at Pro Staff will help you along the way to better understand what is going on in your shoulder and why it is important to heal properly. We will work with you to keep your shoulder mobile through manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, and movement-specific re-education.
How long will it take for me to get better?
Because the rotator cuff muscles are used for all shoulder movements, you must allow them to heal properly. Your recovery time will vary based on the type of treatment, degree of tear, and other general health-related factors. Rotator cuff recovery can vary between eight to twelve weeks on average.
Get Started Today
The Pro Staff Physical Therapy team is skilled in rotator cuff recovery. We hope to help our North Arlington, NJ community with all their movement-specific needs. If you are recovering from a rotator cuff tear and live in the North Arlington, NJ, area, contact our office at 201-636-2339 to schedule an appointment today.