Home treatment for rotator cuff pain in Grand Rapids, MI

Home Treatment

Rotator cuff pain can be treated in several different ways if you live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Especially since you have a great team of physical therapists close by at Advent Physical Therapy.

Our team offers a variety of helpful, evidence-based treatment methods for this type of pain. Some of these methods include therapies such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound therapy and a program of exercises and stretches. However, our team realizes that the majority of the time you spend recovering from a rotator cuff injury will occur at home. Advent Physical Therapy wants to help you make the most of this time at home. This is why we’re offering you a list of three home treatments you can use for your rotator cuff pain in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Three home treatments you can use for rotator cuff pain

Home treatment #1: Rest up

One of the biggest mistakes you can make if you have pain in your rotator cuff is to continue to use this structure a lot. In fact, resting your rotator cuff at home is vital to a swift recovery. Getting enough rest allows your body to go through its natural healing processes.

But, these natural healing processes won’t happen if you don’t rest your rotator cuff. So, we recommend that you take plenty of time to rest and let your rotator cuff heal. You may even want to have a friend or family member come to stay with you for a while. This way they can help you out with tasks around the house that you shouldn’t be doing right now.

Home treatment #2: Use some pain medication if you need it

Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance, but rotator cuff pain can be especially severe. For this reason, you can use over-the-counter pain medications to treat the worst of your pain. Indeed, common pain relievers you have at home, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, can help reduce the pain and inflammation caused by a rotator cuff injury. You can even get in touch with your doctor to see if they can prescribe you some stronger pain medication if you need it. However, you want to be cautious about taking prescription pain medications for too long since overuse can lead to addiction.

Home treatment #3: Do your assigned physical therapy exercises regularly

One thing that the Advent Physical Therapy team will do is assign you physical therapy exercises to do at home. Our therapists assign such exercises to make use of all the time you spend at home. We know that doing physical therapy exercises in your home can speed up your recovery process since you spend more time at home than in our office. Doing these exercises regularly at home may also help to reduce the amount of pain you experience in your rotator cuff. These exercises won’t even take you that long to do, usually, so you can still spend plenty of time resting your rotator cuff.

Combining these at-home treatments with the in-office treatments offered by Advent Physical
Therapy can be very beneficial for you. You may want to learn more about how our team may be able to help you reduce your rotator cuff pain at home or in our office. If you do, contact us at 1471 E. Beltline NE, Suite 104 in Grand Rapids, Michigan now.