The “rotator cuff” is the group of four muscles and their tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint. Injuries to the rotator cuff are common, injuries result from either accident, trauma, or repeated overuse of the shoulder. A rotator cuff tear occurs when injuries to the muscles or tendons cause tissue damage or disruption.
Your physical therapist will develop specific exercises to address your injury and recovery. Proper exercise techniques will be instructed, as well as approaches to pain management. Always ice the shoulder immediately after stretching to reduce inflammation.
Here are typical exercises and stretches that will help you to recover from a torn rotator cuff:
1. Pendulum Swing
2. Crossover Arm Stretch
3. Standing Row
4. Internal Rotation
5. Posterior Stretch