Physiotherapy for Rotator Cuff Tears

Nov 06, 2023

Physiotherapy stands as the ultimate solution for various types of shoulder rotator cuff tears. Research indicates that a well-structured physiotherapy program can yield excellent results, with 85% of patients performing as well as or even better than those opting for surgical repair after participating in a targeted rehab program for 6-12 weeks.

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Rotator cuff tears are incredibly common, affecting 40% of individuals over 50, 54% of those over 60, and 65% of those over 70. Interestingly, not all tears cause immediate pain or weakness, meaning many people are unaware of their condition. Approximately one third of asymptomatic tears may eventually become painful.

Rotator cuff tears can be classified into traumatic and degenerative types. Traumatic tears occur suddenly due to excessive strain on the rotator cuff, leading to immediate pain and loss of function. On the other hand, degenerative tears have various causes, both intrinsic and extrinsic, such as muscle imbalances, poor posture, and repetitive shoulder tasks.

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To effectively address rotator cuff tears, it is crucial to begin with a comprehensive assessment by an expert orthopaedic physiotherapist. This assessment includes a detailed history, examination of shoulder posture and movements, evaluation of muscle strength and control, and analysis of overall tissue health. Only with this comprehensive understanding can a tailored treatment plan be developed.

Physiotherapy treatments for rotator cuff tears may include targeted stretching and strengthening exercises, manual therapy to improve tissue balance and shoulder mobility, proprioceptive exercises for joint position sense, and spinal mobility or stability exercises. Regular re-evaluation ensures that the treatment plan is adjusted according to your progress.

Don't let rotator cuff tears limit your mobility and quality of life. Our specialized orthopaedic physiotherapists at Physiomid are dedicated to providing expert care for complex shoulder injuries. If you suspect a rotator cuff tear, contact us today for effective and personalized physiotherapy solutions in downtown Toronto.

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