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How can the rotator cuff help my shoulder pain

2/3/17 11:24 AM

Gym Injuries can happen any time during your training process and it is important to understand the difference between a “good pain” and a “bad pain."  At Onondaga Physical Therapy we offer Free Injury Screens for a quick diagnosis of your issue, and help you on the road to recovery.


Shoulder pain 


Shoulder Injuries:           


  • Causes: Poor posture, poor activation of the large vs. small muscles, weakness or injury to your rotator cuff, poor muscular balance and/or flexibility of your chest vs. your back


  • Common Symptoms: Localized pain, most likely with certain movements, difficulty sleeping (especially on that side)


  • Possible Diagnosis: Arthritis, Rotator cuff sprain/strain, AC joint pathology, Impingement syndrome


  • Treatment: Posture re-training, soft tissue massage, range of motion exercises, strengthening of the rotator cuff, shoulder blade assessment and treatment, as well as evaluation of normal shoulder mechanics


Why Physical Therapy:


Your rotator cuff is responsible for the fine-tuned movements of the shoulder as well as keeping it stable.  When you have a weak rotator cuff or poor posture, you are at a much higher risk for developing an injury.  By having your strength as well as posture assessed, our physical therapists can modify and improve your exercise routine to be sure it includes what is needed to prevent developing shoulder pain and keeping you healthy!


We have created a brief exercise routine that will help keep your shoulder in top shape.  Click on the link below to get access to these exercises.


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 If you feel like you need more than a few exercise to do at home, we would love to see you for a full consultation.  Click the link below and we can help you get set up!

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Written by Taryn Bader.

Taryn Bader, PT is currently practicing as a Physical Therapist in our Onondaga Hill location.

Topics: shoulder, injury