Rotator Cuff Problems: Exercises You Can Do at Home
Exercises are a very important part of treatment for a Reference rotator cuff disorder Opens New Window. If pain, weakness, and stiffness in your shoulder are related to problems with your rotator cuff, a doctor will usually first recommend nonsurgical treatment. Exercises, combined with periods of rest, ice, and heat and taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Reference NSAIDs Opens New Window), resolve most rotator cuff problems. If the pain in or function of your shoulder does not improve with these methods, surgery or other treatment may be considered.
You need to avoid certain motions and everyday activities that make your problems worse, such as reaching into the backseat of your car or stretches that pull your arms toward your back. Be careful when you begin your exercises. Slow down or stop the activity if needed.
Exercises also play a role when your rotator cuff is treated surgically. You will work with your doctor and physical therapist to plan an exercise program that helps you regain as much strength and flexibility in your Reference shoulder Opens New Window Reference Opens New Window as possible.
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|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: November 30, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Reference Timothy Bhattacharyya, MD