Rotator cuff tendinopathy refers to injuries to the rotator cuff in the shoulder region of the body. When there is an injury or inflammation in the tendons in the rotator cuff, it can cause pain, swelling, soreness, and discomfort.

Fortunately, this condition is easy to treat with rotator cuff tendinopathy physiotherapy treatments and services at Physiotherapy First in Brampton. Our skilled physiotherapists determine the cause for the injury, inflammation, or tears to develop a patient-centric treatment plan that best addresses your goals and objectives.

What Is the Rotator Cuff & What Causes Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

The rotator cuff is the group of muscles and tendons in the shoulder that connects the arm bone to the rotator socket in the shoulder blade bone. This group of muscles helps keep the arm bone in place and securely in the socket so it can move freely.

When there is an injury, sprain, strain, or tear in the muscles or tendons, or inflammation, moving the arm can be painful and unpleasant. Some of the more common causes of rotate cuff tendinopathy include:

  • Slips, Trips, and Falls – If you slip, trip, and fall down and use your arm to brace your fall or receive a direct impact to your shoulder, you could cause an injury to the rotator cuff.
  • Collar Bone Separation – Sometimes the collar bone can separate resulting in tears to connective tissues and muscles in the rotator cuff.
  • Dislocated Shoulder/Arm Bone – If your arm bone comes out of the socket and becomes dislocated, it can cause injuries to the rotate cuff, even after the bone has been popped back into the socket.
  • Repetitive Motions/Movements – A gradual wearing down of tendons can occur from repetitive motions and movements.
  • Improper Weight Training Forms – If you do not use the right forms when lifting weights, you could damage the rotator cuff.
  • Osteoarthritis – Pain in the rotator cuff could be caused by osteoarthritis and the inflammation that accompanies this condition.

What Are Some Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

The most common symptom is pain in the shoulder region where the arm bone connects to the socket in the shoulder. The intensity of the pain can vary depending on movement. Sometimes in more serious injuries, the pain can be felt down into the arms and sides of the body. Some people can even experience mid and lower back pain.

Another common symptom of this condition is a noticeable weakness in the arms. You may not be able to lift or raise the arm without assistance. You might notice main when attempting to grab and pick up an object.

A clicking or popping noise in the area can also occur. This happens because the ball of the arm bone is not moving freely within the sock of the shoulder bone.

What Are Some Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

The most common symptom is pain in the shoulder region where the arm bone connects to the socket in the shoulder. The intensity of the pain can vary depending on movement. Sometimes in more serious injuries, the pain can be felt down into the arms and sides of the body. Some people can even experience mid and lower back pain.

Another common symptom of this condition is a noticeable weakness in the arms. You may not be able to lift or raise the arm without assistance. You might notice main when attempting to grab and pick up an object.

A clicking or popping noise in the area can also occur. This happens because the ball of the arm bone is not moving freely within the sock of the shoulder bone.

How Does Physiotherapy Treatments and Services Help with Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

Physiotherapy treatments and services at Physiotherapy First utilize a hand-on approach to release tension and tightness in the rotator cuff. This can be accomplished through manual manipulation, massage therapy, or electrical wave therapy.

Another form of treatment that could be beneficial is the use of hot and cold therapies. This treatment involves applying heat to the rotator cuff to increase blood flow or apply cold to the area to reduce blood flow and swelling.

Exercise therapy is another treatment prescribed for rotator cuff tendinopathy. Exercises are designed to help repair, rebuild, and strengthen the damaged muscles, tendons, and connective tissues. The objective of exercise is to help recover faster while reducing the risks of future injuries to the rotator cuff.

At Physiotherapy First, your physiotherapist works with you to develop a treatment and service plan that best suits your needs. The plan is adjusted as you recover from our injury to promote the best possible outcome to benefit you. Part of your treatment plan will also include education about the causes of your rotator cuff tendinopathy.

Why Choose Physiotherapy First for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy Treatments and Services?

Our Brampton physiotherapists are well-educated and trained in the latest techniques and methods used to treat rotator cuff tendinopathy. They undergo ongoing training and certification programs to further provide exceptional quality of care for each of our patients.

To learn more about rotator cuff tendinopathy physiotherapy treatments and services, how they could benefit you, or to schedule an initial consultation, please feel free to call Physiotherapy First at 905-796-6662 today!

We look forward to speaking with you to answer any questions you may have, discussing your health benefits plan coverage, and helping you alleviate your pain and discomfort to feel better.

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