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Laser Rehab for Rotator Cuff Tears

Overview

Rotator cuff tear injuries are one of the most common shoulder problems we see at Physiotherapy@Woodbridge. The rotator cuff is located in the shoulder and consists of four muscles and tendons that surround the joint. The purpose of the rotator cuff is to stabilize the joint and keep the head of your upper arm firmly in the socket of the shoulder.  A rotator cuff tear injury can cause pain, weakness and/or stiffness in the shoulder.

Although rotator cuff tears are more common in the aging population, they are also quite prevalent in adults and teenagers. They are particularly common in sports that involve overhead activity and occupations that require repetitive use.

People who present to our clinic with rotator cuff injuries usually return to normality in a 3–6-week period. On occasion the damage can be more extensive leading to longer treatment times. If the injury is the result of a single accident medical diagnostics may be required. If this is the case your physiotherapist, Derek Mernagh will guide you on the best course of action.

Anatomy

Your shoulder consists of three bones: the humerus (upper arm), the clavicle (collar bone), and the scapula (shoulder blade). These three bones converge on one area known as the shoulder joint, which is a shallow ball and socket joint.

The humerus (your upper arm) is kept in the socket of the joint by the rotator cuff tendons and the shoulder labrum. Every time you move your arm the rotator cuff tendons are activated and help stabilize the shoulder throughout the movement.

The rotator cuff consists of four muscles:

  • Infraspinatus
  • Supraspinatus
  • Teres Minor
  • Subscapularis

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