Getting back to the gym to kickstart your fitness program in the New Year after a shoulder injury or surgery can be tricky. You must walk the fine line between pushing too hard resulting in a re-injury and not doing enough resulting in no improvement of shoulder strength or mobility. Here's how to protect your shoulder when you get back in the gym after a long layoff.
You have a rotator cuff tear. What is the right treatment? How will you do with physical therapy versus surgery? Most people improve with physical therapy in the short term by strengthening the surrounding muscles to compensate. Therapy does not heal a rotator cuff that is detached from the bone. The only way to get the tendon to heal is to get the tendon back down to the bone, and the only way to do that currently is with a repair.
A frozen shoulder, as the name suggests, is a painful loss of shoulder mobility. The exact cause is unclear. It occurs gradually, patients may first notice trouble with reaching for their hip pocket, unhooking a bra clasp, or scratching a back itch.
It has been estimated that 40% of the US population suffers from vitamin D deficiency. Also known as the “sunshine” vitamin, vitamin D is essential for musculoskeletal health. It helps the body absorb calcium from the food you eat. Calcium keeps your bones and muscles strong.
Some amount of anxiety is experienced by almost everyone scheduled to undergo surgery. This may be a good thing as it could motivate you to prepare well for the surgery. However, too much of fear and anxiety can be counterproductive.
One of the most common questions for people considering a shoulder replacement is: “How long will it last?” For people with severe shoulder arthritis, a shoulder replacement can provide predictable pain relief and improvement in quality of life and function.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which means magnets and radio waves are used to create images of the structures within the body. This sophisticated imaging technology allows your shoulder surgeon to look inside the shoulder joint and diagnose problems without having to do any invasive procedure.
The pain caused by a rotator cuff injury is usually felt as a dull ache deep within or on the side of the shoulder. It can disrupt your sleep and prevent you from performing routine activities of daily living, particularly activities that require overhead reaching. You may also experience muscle weakness along with the shoulder pain. Relieving the pain and restoring shoulder strength will depend on the extent of the rotator cuff tear.