Friday, February 6, 2009

Road to Recovery after a Rotator Cuff Injury

Guest blogger: Dr. Scott Calzaretta

Kamy severely injured her rotator cuff a year ago. She’s had therapy and avoided surgery and now has medical clearance to go back to the gym. She doesn’t want to re-injure her shoulder.

Question: What movements should she avoid? How can she strengthen that area? What about working back up to regular pushups?

I am glad to hear that you are on the road to recovery. The Perfect Pushup can be a great assistance in giving you more stability in your shoulder. We have seen this many times through testimonials as well as in our rehab department. Some people will start with kneeling while using the Perfect Pushup. The rule of thumb is that if it hurts while you are exercising (on your own) avoid that motion. Typically, your therapist should have told you things to avoid so go with their recommendations.

Outside of the usual exercises you have probably been taught, here is a great move for rotator cuff: A single arm deadlift while contracting the cuff muscles and squeezing the bar with intensity (please get help learning that one). Good luck.

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