Tips for Treating Rotator Cuff Pain at Home

Treating Rotator Cuff Pain at Home

You use your shoulder a lot throughout the day, so when it’s in pain, simple tasks can suddenly become more difficult. Usually, shoulder pain is related to the muscles and ligaments that hold the ball of your shoulder in the socket. This collection of muscles and ligaments is called the rotator cuff.

Rotator cuff pain can be caused by a traumatic injury such as falling and landing on your shoulder. It can also be caused by:

  • Lifting heavy objects
  • Frequently lifting your arms over your head
  • Frequently throwing a baseball or swinging a tennis racquet

If you’re experiencing prolonged or severe rotator cuff pain, you should seek assistance from healthcare professionals like those at Advent Physical Therapy. Our physical therapists are trained and experienced in providing rehabilitative treatments for a variety of conditions, including rotator cuff pain.

However, minor cases of rotator cuff pain may benefit from some simple homecare techniques. Please note, though, that if you’re in doubt about the severity of your shoulder pain, you should seek medical assistance anyway. Ignoring severe pain can lead to permanent disability to the injured area.

Tips for treating rotator cuff pain at home

If you have minor rotator cuff pain, you should try the following techniques to help reduce pain and improve your recovery:

  • Ice — Apply ice or a cold pack to your shoulder three or four times a day for about 15-minutes each time. Icing should help manage pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Rest — If you’re involved in sports, work or other activities that require the use of your shoulder, you should take a break. You don’t need to sit on the couch all day but continuing to push yourself through the pain can result in a more serious injury.
  • Medication — Over-the-counter pain and anti-inflammatory medications can help reduce rotator cuff pain.
  • Exercise — Simple exercises, like shoulder rotations, can help strengthen and stretch the rotator cuff while it heals without irritating it and causing more damage. The goal here is to maintain some level of activity to promote healing, not to overdo it and potentially cause more harm.

Getting help from physical therapy for rotator cuff pain

If your rotator cuff pain is severe or long-lasting or if home treatments aren’t cutting it, you should contact Advent Physical Therapy. Our physical therapists can assist with minor and severe rotator cuff pain. We can also assist you in your recovery from rotator cuff surgery if it is required.

Are you ready to speak with one of our physical therapists about developing a personalized treatment for your rotator cuff pain? Contact us today to schedule an appointment at one of our locations in West Michigan.