Research shows that many people with rotator cuff tears achieve excellent shoulder function with physical therapy and do not need surgery. Degenerative changes and tears in the rotator cuff are very common in people who have no shoulder pain or noticeable problems. Physical therapy should be considered first as a treatment option for rotator cuff
It depends on what type of surgery is done. Some shoulder procedures benefit from physical therapy that starts as soon as the day after surgery while others are delayed 1-6 weeks. Your surgeon will tell you the best time frame for beginning physical therapy following your surgical procedure.
Physical therapy after rotator cuff repair may last 3-6 months after surgery. It often begins at two times per week and then decreases to 2-4 times per month toward the end of the treatment time. Even when there is no pain and good range of motion, patients who have had rotator cuff repair need careful
Physical therapy may start immediately after a rotator cuff repair or physical therapy may be delayed 3-6 weeks based on the size and complexity of the repair. Some surgeons prefer to start physical therapy sooner while others routinely wait for 6 weeks before starting physical therapy.
Physical therapy for low back pain may include the following: Mobilization Stretching Strengthening Specific exercises to improve functional abilities and decrease limitations Our therapists address the underlying movement, strength and control limitations to eliminate low back pain and prevent it from coming back.
A referral is not needed for physical therapy. See previous information on Direct Access A small number of insurance companies still require a referral. If you need a referral, our staff can contact your physician to see if they can obtain it without any delay or other provider visits needed.