Rotator cuff tendinopathy is one of the most common shoulder injuries. It can be caused by overuse, repetitive movements, or trauma. If you’re experiencing shoulder pain due to rotator cuff tendinopathy, you may benefit from physiotherapy. Let’s take a closer look at rotator cuff tendinopathy and how physio can help.
What is Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?
Rotator cuff tendinopathy is an overuse injury caused by repeated strain on the rotator cuff muscles and tendons that attach them to the bone in your shoulder. Symptoms include pain when moving your shoulder, weakness in your arm or shoulder, and a decrease in range of motion. You may also experience pain when sleeping on your side or trying to lift objects above your head. Health and lifestyle factors such as obesity, smoking, diabetes and thyroid issues are also risk factors for the condition.
Physiotherapy for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
A physiotherapist can help relieve the symptoms associated with rotator cuff tendinopathy and improve its mobility. Physiotherapists will assess your physical condition and create a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs. This typically includes exercises that target the affected area as well as other treatments such as soft tissue techniques and ultrasound which can help reduce swelling and inflammation. Your physiotherapist may also provide advice on posture correction and lifestyle modifications to help prevent further injury or aggravation of existing symptoms.
The aim of physio is to restore normal movement in the affected area while reducing pain through strengthening exercises and stretching techniques. By improving strength, flexibility, coordination, balance, endurance, posture control, joint mobility, and function, you can expect to see long-term improvement in symptoms related to rotator cuff tendinopathy. Physiotherapists are skilled professionals trained in assessing movement patterns relevant to specific injuries or conditions – meaning they can tailor their advice specifically for you!
Whether you have a recent diagnosis of rotator cuff tendinopathy or have been suffering from this condition for some time now, physiotherapy can be an effective tool in managing the pain associated with it as well as restoring normal mobility in the affected area. Working together with an experienced team of physiotherapists who understand both your condition and goals will ensure that you receive targeted treatment that best fits your individual needs so that you can go back to living life without any discomfort or restrictions.
If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself. Eric Bowman, BSc, MPT, PT, or another physiotherapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!