Rotator Cuff Injury & Physiotherapy Rehabilitation in Melbourne
Rotator Cuff Anatomy:
The Rotator Cuff comprises 4 tendons that control the humeral head (ball) in the glenoid (socket). These tendons and muscles are very important for both shoulder stability and mobility. The Rotator Cuff consists of supraspinatus, infraspinauts, teres minor and subscapularis. Supraspinatus is the most commonly injured tendon, as it sits on top of the ball and can be compressed underneath the roof (acromion) of the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff can be injured in many day to day repetitive tasks, work injuries, overuse injuries and also sporting injuries.
Physiotherapy for Rotator Cuff Injuries:
Rotator Cuff injuries vary widely. They can be in the form of a tendinopathy, partial tendon tears, bursitis and full thickness cuff tendon tears, and combinations of the above. Physiotherapy for Rotator Cuff injuries aims to initally settle the shoulder pain, then to increase the function of the shoulder joint by increasing the range of motion, strength and general shoulder control. Scapula (shoulder blade) control is extremely important in maintaining full function of the whole shoulder girdle. Physiotherapy has a good success rate in minor to mild rotator cuff tendon tears, though for full thickness tears, surgery may be indicated. To book an appointment with a Physiotherapist in Melbourne who has a special interest in Rotator Cuff injuries, please call 1300 269 930 or BOOK ONLINE.
Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears:
When the rotator cuff tendons are torn, and physiotherapy has been unsuccessful, then surgery may be indicated. Surgery aims to repair (by stitching) the torn tendon back onto the ball (humeral head). This generally requires a 4-6 week period in a sling, then anywhere from 6-12 months rehabilitation. During surgery, the Specialist Shoulder Surgeon will also address any other shoulder issues, such as bursitis, hooked acromion or other worn tendons. Initially, intense physiotherapy is required to regain the shoulder range of motion. Once this is acheived, then a home exercise program for the rotator cuff is required to regain strength and control for everyday and sports related tasks. Post Operative Shoulder Specific Rehabiliation is available at Melbourne Sports Physiotherapy. Please call 1300 369 930 for more details.