Rotator Cuff Surgery: Have a Plan
Rotator Cuff Syndrome is a very common shoulder injury that can cause sufferers a lot of pain and discomfort.
What’s it all about?
Rotator Cuff Syndrome refers to a multitude of specific injuries associated with the small group of muscles that move and control the ball and socket joint of your shoulder. These muscles form what we know as the rotator cuff.
These muscles are essential in the active movement and rotation of the shoulder. The rotator cuff forms a head at the top of the humerus which is essentially the ball of the shoulder.
Who is at risk & why do they develop it?
Rotator cuff injuries are often seen in people who perform repetitive movements overhead either within their everyday job or their chosen sport. A few examples are those involved with physical trades such as carpenters, painters and those who play sports such as tennis or baseball just to name a few.
It is to be noted that this syndrome is usually either the result of a single, substantial injury or the result of progressive degeneration over time. This also means the risk of developing a rotator cuff injury also increases with age.
It’s important that if you suspect a rotator cuff injury that you seek medical attention to determine exactly what type of rotator cuff injury you have. This must be determined first before accurate treatment can be arranged. Unfortunately, many rotator cuff injuries often require surgical intervention to restore a person’s shoulder to its previous status.
Customised rehabilitation is key to a successful recovery
This is where a customised, rehabilitation plan is vital in order to make a full recovery from rotator cuff surgery and to ensure a successful return to work or return to play. It can take many months to make a full recovery and return to previous sport & activity (dependant on the nature of the activity).
A customised rehabilitation plan post-surgery would aim to achieve the following:
– Restore normal neck and shoulder function
– Help to regain a full range of motion in the shoulder
– Restore the strength of your rotator cuff
– Work to restore speed and power to your rotator cuff
– Work towards a safe and successful return to work or sport
Talk to our experienced team if you have any questions
At Progressive Sports & Spinal Physiotherapy, our highly experienced team of physiotherapists have rehabilitated many patients successfully after undergoing rotator cuff surgery. We offer the support and guidance you need to achieve your goals post-surgery.
If you would like further information about our customised rehabilitation programs, please feel free to contact the clinic today by calling (02) 4721 7798 or by emailing [email protected]