The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help the shoulder function and provide active stability. Rotator cuff tears are a common injury that can result from either degenerative changes (age-related) or trauma. These tears are classified as either partial thickness (tearing on the top of the tendon, bottom of the tendon or within the tendon) or full thickness (tearing through the tendon). A great way to think about tendon tears is to think about the tendon as a blanket. If you have some of the thread fraying on the top or bottom, think of that as a partial tendon tear. If you can see a hole in the blanket, think of that as a full thickness tendon tear. The great thing is the tendon can often still do its job with many different tear sizes, just like a blanket can still keep you warm with fraying or a hole in it. Diagnosis is made by clinical examination and MRI, but having an MRI is not usually necessary and we recommend reading this BLOG for more information. Some of the signs and symptoms associated with a rotator cuff injury can include: pain or difficulty reaching overhead and pain with shoulder strength testing.
Can physical therapy help? YES! Correctly dosed physical therapy can help reduce pain, improve non-optimal movement strategies and strengthen the intact rotator cuff tendon complex to improve your quality of life. If you are considering shoulder surgery, we recommend reading this BLOG which outlines who often benefits from working with us first. If you have surgery planned or just had surgery and want to find out what to expect after surgery, this BLOG can help set appropriate expectations and provide general guidelines. One of our physical therapists also published an article on rotator cuff rehabilitation after surgery in the Journal of Shoulder Elbow Surgery Reviews, Reports, and Techniques with one of the best local orthopedic surgeons which you can read HERE.
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After two plus years of hip pain, three other physical therapists, quarterly injections and no relief, Crista made the pain go away! If I could give her and this practice 10 stars I'd do it!Read More Reviews
As a professional athlete, injuries can make or break a career. Luckily, in my case, I had Nevada Physical Therapy on my side. Not only did they physically help me recover from a meniscus surgery, but they provided the best emotional support you could ask for in such a difficult time.Read More Reviews
Phenomenal. I had some brutal injuries that resulted in four surgeries and seriously disrupted my life. There can be no doubt that the quality of life I enjoy today was a direct result of working with Nevada Physical Therapy.Read More Reviews
I attended Nevada Physical Therapy for my post surgery physical therapy and have nothing but great things to say. For any of you reading this, this place is by far the best physical therapy place I have ever attended with exceptional staff. I had the pleasure to work with Dakota who is extremely knowledgeable, patient and would go above and beyond to make sure you're taken care of.Read More Reviews