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.
Varies. Prior to starting an exercise program for a rotator cuff, proper diagnosis from an md is necessary, as well as a physical thearpy evaluation to determine muscle imbalances, compensations and tissue integrity.

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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?

Shoulder pain. A rotator cuff can be strenghtened even if torn. By working the non damaged muscles around the cuff, they become stronger and it gives time for the cuff to repair itself. If that fails then a trip to ur local pain doc may be of beneft. Read more...
More conservative . Approach. If no improvement, you'll end up by the orthopedist anyways. Read more...
Rotator Cuff Tear. May be that your tear is very small and not complete. Surgical options are considered after failed conservative treatment. In some cases surgical repair and decompression becomes 1st line treatment. Read more...
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...
Not sure. Possibly the pa who saw you believes you have rotator cuff tendinitis and not a tear. Then a trial of rotator cuff strengthening exercises is appropriate... Although 3 yrs. Of pain is atypical for tendinitis / bursitis. I would think that w/ your long history of shoulder pain an examination by an orthopedic surgeon and MRI is now indicated. Other diagnoses in a 30 yr old should be ruled out also.! Read more...
Tear. Depends on extent of tear. If tear is significant and you have strength deficit - it may be appropriate to see orthopedic surgeon. Read more...

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...

If I went to physical therapy for my rotator cuff, why is my neck hurting?

Perhaps 2 issues. You may have a secondary problem. You can have ticks and fleas! it could be that you aggrevated a neck problem in the therapy but neck issues can be confused with shoulder issues. Get rechecked by your physician and therapist and discuss openly and frankly. Re-examination and further testing may be in order. Read more...
Accessory muscles. When the shoulder muscles are not doing their job properly, the other muscles connected to the shoulder blade pitch in to help. This activity is not normal to them and they complain. Read more...

Over a year ago I was diagnosed w/ a torn rotator cuff. PT was suggested but I never went. Am I still able to do physical therapy even after a year?

Yes. Yes, you can still do physical therapy. Physical therapy can help with decreasing pain and restoring range of motion. They can help you learn exercises to do at home as well. Good luck and see the physical therapist. Read more...

Can physical therapy help treat rotator cuff disorders?

Definitely. This is a complex joint disorder with many muscles, ligaments, tendons, connective tissue elements and motion involved. Pt may not cure the problem but may restore function, relieve pain and prevent deterioration and be all that one would need short of any surgical repair. Discuss carefully with your shoulder specialist. Read more...
Yes. Physical therapy and time generally can do wonders for most rotator cuff problems. However , if you are not making any progress you need to see an orthopedic surgeon to help better define and treat your shoulder problem. Read more...

Which type of physical therapy do they do for rotator cuff tendonitis?

Multifaceted. Physical therapy for rotator cuff tendonitis or impingement syndrome is multifaceted and includes: postural training, imporvement in upper back strength, improvement in core strength, strengtheing the rotator cuff first in internal and external rotation and then eventually with forward elevation. Obtaining full painless full range of motion is important in early physical therapy treatment. Read more...