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The rotator cuff is a complex muscle structure crucial for the shoulder joint’s stability and movement. Injuries to the rotator cuff can significantly impair an individual’s ability to perform daily activities and participate in sports. In New Jersey, Breakthru Physical Therapy provides specialized sports therapy programs to facilitate recovery and restore function after rotator cuff injuries.

Breakthru’s Sports Therapy Approach

Sports Therapy After Rotator Cuff Injury in New JerseyAfter a thorough assessment, physical therapists develop a customized treatment plan tailored to the athlete’s injury, lifestyle, and goals. This plan includes several phases to ensure a holistic recovery:

  • Acute Care and Pain Management: The primary goal is to manage pain and reduce inflammation using rest, ice therapy, medications, and passive range of motion exercises to prevent stiffness.
  • Restoring Range of Motion: The focus shifts to restoring the shoulder’s range of motion with stretching exercises, manual therapy, and gentle strengthening through isometric exercises.
  • Strengthening and Conditioning: Building shoulder muscle strength is crucial. This phase includes resistance training with bands or light weights, functional exercises, and core stability exercises.
  • Advanced Strengthening and Sport-Specific Training: Therapy progresses to advanced exercises like plyometrics and sport-specific drills to prepare for a return to sports or high-demand activities.

Breakthru Physical Therapy ensures athletes recover fully and are well-prepared to return to their sport. Each phase is meticulously designed to address pain management, range of motion, strength, and sport-specific demands so athletes can confidently regain their performance levels and prevent future injuries.

At-Home Exercises for Injury Prevention

Maintaining shoulder strength and flexibility is key to preventing rotator cuff injuries. Here are some effective at-home exercises:

  1. External Rotation with Resistance Band
    • Attach a resistance band to a secure object at waist height.
    • Hold the other end of the band in your hand, keeping your elbow at a 90-degree angle and tucked into your side.
    • Slowly rotate your forearm away from your body, then return to the starting position.
    • Repeat for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
  1. Internal Rotation with Resistance Band
    • Attach the resistance band as described above.
    • Hold the band with your elbow at a 90-degree angle, but rotate your forearm towards your body this time.
    • Return to the starting position and repeat for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
  1. Shoulder Flexion
    • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and hold a light dumbbell in each hand.
    • Keep your arms straight, and slowly lift the weights in front of you to shoulder height.
    • Lower back down and repeat for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
  1. Shoulder Extension
    • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, holding a light dumbbell in each hand.
    • With your arms straight, move the weights behind you as far as you are comfortable.
    • Return to the starting position and repeat for 2-3 sets of 10-15 repetitions.
  1. Pendulum Exercise
    • Lean forward, supporting your body with one arm on a table or chair.
    • Let your other arm hang down and gently swing it in small circles.
    • Perform this movement for 1-2 minutes in each direction.
  1. Cross-Body Shoulder Stretch
    • Bring one arm across your body and hold it with your other arm.
    • Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds and repeat on the other side.
    • Perform 3-5 repetitions on each side.

Start Recovering Now!

Breakthru Physical Therapy offers comprehensive sports therapy for rotator cuff injuries, ensuring thorough healing and functional restoration. With personalized treatment plans and at-home exercises for shoulder strengthening and flexibility, athletes can effectively regain their performance and prevent future injuries. Begin your recovery journey with Breakthru today and return to your activities stronger and more resilient. Find a New Jersey location near you to get started.

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