Rotator Cuff Tears and
By Dr. Melissa Flores PT, DPT
The rotator cuff consists of 4 individual muscles which all work together to keep the head of the upper arm stabilized within the center of the joint during movements. Rotator cuff injuries are common and the risk of an injury increases with aging. Rotator cuff tears are typically diagnosed with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
Several studies have shown that depending on the severity of the tear and needs of the patient, physical therapy exercises can help to improve flexibility, strength, and stability of the shoulder. For many patients physical therapy can help patients learn to manage their symptoms and return to the activities they enjoy with minimal, manageable pain. Should a rotator cuff tear require surgery, physical therapy can help to regain range of motion, strength, and allow patients to return to the activities they enjoy.
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