If you have injured your rotator cuff, physical therapy exercises are a great way to reduce your pain and increase you range-of-motion in the shoulder. However, not all exercises will benefit your rotator cuff. In fact, some could even do further damage. In this physical therapy education article, we are going to talk about a few bad exercises that can harm your injured rotator cuff. These exercises can lead to increased pain in your shoulder. Remember, if you’re dealing with an impaired rotator cuff it’s important to work with a skilled physical therapist who can walk you through some beneficial exercises for your injury.
Deep pushups can really exacerbate an inflamed or torn rotator cuff.
Flat Bench Press
Rotator cuff injuries are relatively common among weight lifters, and the flat bench press is often the culprit.
Even with only your body weight, a seated dip can really aggravate your rotator cuff.
Rotator Cuff Physical Therapy Experts
If you have torn your rotator cuff, or you’re recovering from surgery, it’s best not to dive right back into the old workouts you used to do. A physical therapist can help ease you back into the more intense workouts by starting with some easier stretches and working up gradually.
At OrthoRehab Specialists, our physical therapy experts have three decades of experience working with patients throughout the Twin Cities and surrounding areas. We provide niche rehabilitation services to patients suffering from hip, shoulder, knee, and other issues. Our clinics offer direct access to physical therapy so you can set up your appointment today even without a referral from your primary care provider. Contact us to set up an appointment with one of our physical therapists at our Edina or Minneapolis clinics and regain the mobility you’ve lost.