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What shoulder physical therapy exercise works on a rotator cuff?

What shoulder physical therapy exercise works on a rotator cuff?

Graded program: Pt for rotator cuff problems usually start out with assisted exercises to decrease pain while gradually increasing the exercises to improve painless range of motion. Once painless range of motion has been achieved specific exercises to strengthen the rotatorcuff muscles are started and then finally sports specific exercises depending on what type of sport the person would like to go back to. ...Read more

Dr. Isaak Halegoua
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Occupational Therapy (Definition)

Occupational therapy is a type of physical therapy to improve one's engagement of activities of daily living and their occupation. It includes reintroducing daily tasks of living including physical and mental task to help one improve a type of disability. Hand therapy is also a ...Read more


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A military pa told me, after 3 yrs complaining about pain, that I have a tear in my rotator cuff with fluid in my shoulder. Why would she refer me to physical therapy and not orthopedics?

A military pa told me, after 3 yrs complaining about pain, that I have a tear in my rotator cuff with fluid in my shoulder. Why would she refer me to physical therapy and not orthopedics?

Orthopedic referral: If you have been diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear then I would recommend seeing an orthopedic surgeon who can better determine if you should have therapy versus a rotator cuff tear. If you have a tear and need surgery then delaying that surgery could worsen your final outcome. See an orthopedic surgeon. ...Read more

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I was in MVA. MRI shows Rotator cuff tear, labra tear and tendinitis on shoulder. EMG shows pinched nerve. Will Physical Therapy help and how long?

I was in MVA. MRI shows Rotator cuff tear, labra tear and tendinitis on shoulder. EMG shows pinched nerve. Will Physical Therapy help and how long?

Can't answer w/o inf: The space here is limited to provide a good answer to your question. You should speak to an Orthopedic Surgeon or sports medicine doctor (rehab?) to answer this question. Generally, rest, ice, & compression is used to help support healing. Anti-inflammatories like Tylenol (acetaminophen) could be used also. Later on, rehab is used when healing has started but timing is up to the surgeon. ...Read more

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What are arom and prom exercises in occupational therapy?

What are arom and prom exercises in occupational therapy?

AROM: Arom is an acronym standing for "active range of motion." that is for the individual who actively moves his extremity joint through a range of motion without any assistive help; prom is an acronym for "passive range of motion" is under the power and assistance of the therapist or examiner testing range of motion. ...Read more

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What are range of motion exercises in occupational therapy?

What are range of motion exercises in occupational therapy?

OT: Range of motion exercises are usually restricted to the upper extremity joints including the shoulder, elbow, wrist and fingers. They typically involve isotonic exercises with theraband of varying resistances and through a range of active range of motion. ...Read more

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What are some rehab or physical therapy exercises for a torn rotator cuff?

What are some rehab or physical therapy exercises for a torn rotator cuff?

Rotator cuff: Posture principle of the shoulder is key. Can begin with "scapular stabilization" exercises and progress to rotator cuff exercises including "thrower 10" exercises. Google or bing the above for pictures and descriptions. ...Read more

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I'm having pain medial to my shoulder blade. Not onset by exercise and no pain when performing rotator cuff motion. What's hurt? How can I stretch it?

I'm having pain medial to my shoulder blade. Not onset by exercise and no pain when performing rotator cuff motion. What's hurt? How can I stretch it?

Varies: There are a number of potential causes of pain in that area and treatment varies based upon the cause. Among the more common causes are a strain to the rhomboid muscles that insert on the medial border of the scapula, the development of a subscapular bursitis, or the development of a thoracic radiculopathy among other possibilities. An exam would likely lead to the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest. Torn cartilage in other shoulder.??

Severe pain from shoulder down deltoid into bicep. Not rotator cuff. More pain when arm is rotated toward chest. Torn cartilage in other shoulder.??

Get examined!: At age 55 your most common cause for this pain would still be 'impingement' (or bursitis). Labral tears causing this pain are less likely unless associated with the biceps 'anchor' (SLAP) lesions -- but less likely in isolation in your age group.Osteoarthritis can cause pain in this distribution. AC joint arthritis can also cause pain when rotating arm towards chest (adduction). See an ORS! GL! ...Read more

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What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?

What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?

Specialization: In general terms, occupational therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy. Pts may focus on treating an injury and healing the body. Ots focus on assisting the patient with daily activities/occupations. It can be activities like self care (eating, cleaning, dressing, cooking), mobility (opening doors, using equipment), or work (keyboard, work station, operating work tools). ...Read more

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Can you tell me about occupational therapy and if so, what were your experiences with it?

It's PT for hands: OT is a sub-specialty of PT that concentrates on restoring function to the hands. Depending on the underlying condition OT can be crucial for restoring function and getting rid of pain and swelling associated with injury or post surgical repair. OT provides instruction and monitoring but patient has to do the hard work of sticking with the exercises to get the desired results. ...Read more

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How can occupational therapy relate to healing the soul?

Occupational: Therapy can help someone feel better about themselves, accomplish more in life thereby enhancing self confidence & self esteem. Since it impacts on emotional well being, I guess you could call healing the soul, a bi-product of occupational therapy. ...Read more

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How can occupational therapy help me as a disabled person?

How can occupational therapy help me as a disabled person?

Lots of ways!: On ot can help you to do the adl's (activites of daily living) that you as a disabled person need to be able to do to be as independenta as you can. They will teach you how to care for your self, you personal grooming, cooking, cleaing, toileting, and the activites you do every day. They will show you easier ways, better ways, short cuts and provide you with assistive devices to help you. ...Read more

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Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

Does occupational therapy help rehabilitate a stroke victim?

OT can be helpful: After a stroke the function of the arm or hand may be affected. If this is the case the ability to do basic activities of daily living can be impaired. In this situation occupational therapy is part of standard rehabilitation along with other therapy disciplines like phyical therapy and if needed speech therapy. ...Read more

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What can I expect in occupational therapy for my disabled child?

What can I expect in occupational therapy for my disabled child?

Hopeful improvement: Hi...Occupational therapy (along with other rebailitative services) can be very helpful to children with a broad spectrum of developmental disabilities. Your child (and I do not know the exact nature of the disability) can expect to gain better functioning and adaptation to the world around; and, as a result, be able to be more interactive with the various things in that world. ...Read more

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What kind of occupational therapy is suggested for someone recovering from a mental illness?

What kind of occupational therapy is suggested for someone recovering from a mental illness?

Occupational Therapy: Ot for mental health provides goal-directed activities to help patients develop the skills and obtain the supports needed for independent, interdependent, productive living. This includes improving social skills, stress hardiness, self-awareness, role development (such as parenting), and education about healthy lifestyle, etc. Http://aota. Org/practitioners/practiceareas/mentalhealth. Aspx. ...Read more

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Could acupuncture be considered occupational therapy?

Could acupuncture be considered occupational therapy?

Different therapy: The ot deals with activities of life and ways of enhancing quality of life and may get involved in rehab and hand therapy, but usually does not engage in acupuncture which would require its own specialty training program. However, nothing really prevents an occupational therapist to get trained in acupuncture. ...Read more

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Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Do kids with autism benefit from occupational therapy and how?

Yes: It helps to desensitize children with autism to normal world stimulation such as the feeling of clothing, or sounds or smells or sensations in the mouth. ...Read more

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Do you think there be a revival of Occupational therapy in mental health? Nowadays it seems like they function more like PT's in the clinic.

Do you think there be a revival of Occupational therapy in mental health? Nowadays it seems like they function more like PT's in the clinic.

Occupational: Therapy is a growing field today. Getting into a college program for it as an OT or OT Assistant is competitive. PTs have their place also but both professions are good. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld. Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

Occupational therapy for 12 year old with nvld. Very intelligent adult size boy who memorizes rather than writing due to difficulty writing?

May not help much: Occupational therapy can help people with fine motor control problems such as the ability to write, type, or otherwise use the hands, wrists, arms. If a child's brain is different, causing him difficulty in dealing with ideas, words, phrases, sentences, etc..., then it is not a motor skill problem, and may not benefit much from o.T. It may be worth a brief try, to see if there is improvement. ...Read more

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How early can you start occupational therapy?

It depends: The reason you are sent for occupational therapy usually determines when you can start. Ask your healthcare professional for the best answer. ...Read more

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Wanna know how occupational therapy will help?

OT help: Ot can help by strengthening the various muscles, improving flexibility of the joint and surrounding muscles and instituting modality intervention that can reduce painful swelling following an injury and/or surgery. ...Read more

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How can a person get occupational therapy for himself?

OT help: A person/patient can specifically request from the examining physician that he/she would like to work with an occupational therapist. If the person has an upper extremity injury then a prescription can be detailed describing the diagnosis and ot plan. ...Read more

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Do normal people recieve occupational therapy treatments?

See details: Referral from your doctor, assuming there is a good reason to get to ot in the first place. ...Read more

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What kind of problems qualify a child for occupational therapy?

School: Ask the teacher. The public schools usually supply a program for handicapped kids. ...Read more

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Can anyone give me information on duration of occupational therapy?

It depends: The duration of therapy depends on the type of injury and what other treatments have been done. For a new injury it is fairly typical to have 2-3 sessions per week for 3 weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Katharine Cox
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Rotator Cuff (Definition)

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that wrap around the ball of the ball and socket joint f the shoulder. The cuff muscles initiate the movements of internal and external rotation as well as lifting your arm ...Read more