Kinect: Protecting Shoulders From Injury

EXCLUSIVE: WHY YOU SHOULD SEEK PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR A ROTATOR CUFF INJURY • Do you have shoulder pain? • Do you have difficulty reaching? • Do you suffer from a past shoulder injury? If you suffer from pain in your rotator cuff when you do normal everyday activities, then there is help with the proper treatment plan to get your mobility back! Conservative Treatments For Rotator Cuff Injuries

Conservative treatments — such as rest, ice and physical therapy — sometimes are all that’s needed to recover from a rotator cuff injury. It re-establishes full range of motion of the shoulder. There are other nonsurgical options available for treatment of rotator cuff injuries, including therapeutic ultrasound, shockwave therapy, and dry needling. Physical therapy is usually one of the first treatments your doctor may suggest. Exercises tailored to the specific location of your rotator cuff injury can help restore flexibility and strength to your shoulder. Physical therapy is also an important part of the recovery process Pain from a rotator cuff injury is worsened with shoulder movement. If the unexplained shoulder pain is not affected by movement, it is reasonable to seek immediate medical care. • If the shoulder pain persists in spite of home care with rest, ice, and if tolerated, anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Naprosyn) • If shoulder problems (pain) prevent the person from performing routine daily activities or work • If pain prevents overhead reaching Don’t wait any longer for relief. Schedule an appointment at the clinic nearest you with Kinect Physical Therapy today! after rotator cuff surgery. When To Seek Treatment:

Try these two movements that target the shoulders! If you struggle to complete these exercises, contact the clinic nearest you today to schedule an evaluation.

Doorway stretch. Warm up your muscles by standing in an open doorway and spreading your arms out to the side. Grip the sides of the doorway with each hand at or below shoulder height, and lean forward through the doorway until you feel a light stretch. Keep a straight back as you lean and shift your weight onto your toes. You should feel a stretch in the front of your shoulder. Do not overstretch.

External Rotation. Place your arm at your side, raise your forearm until it’s at a 90-degree angle to your upper arm, and rotate your hand away from your body. This exercise helps strengthen the rotator cuff muscles.

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