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“Is My Rotator Cuff Torn?” (3 ways to tell)

“Is My Rotator Cuff Torn?” (3 ways to tell)

If you have shoulder pain and you think your rotator cuff might be torn, it’s very important that you figure out if it’s torn quickly!

That’s because any significant or massive tears that require surgery are time sensitive… the longer you delay surgery, the more you risk an unsuccessful surgical outcome.

So, if you think you might have a serious rotator cuff tear, check out the video below where I’ll share 3 telling signs that your rotator cuff might be torn.

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4 Simple Shoulder Stretches (for pain-free ROM)

4 Simple Shoulder Stretches (for pain-free ROM)

hen you’re first trying to get on top of your shoulder pain, you want to focus on pain-free stretches that allow you to increase your “range of motion” (ROM) without increasing your shoulder pain.

In this video, I’ll demonstrate four simple stretches to help ease shoulder pain and prevent too much tightness from developing.

The four stretches include the following:

– Pendulums
– Table Slides
– Pulleys
– Wall Slides

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Rotator Cuff Isometric Exercises (External & Internal Rotation)

Rotator Cuff Isometric Exercises (External & Internal Rotation)

you have shoulder pain, when you’re first starting to strengthen your shoulder you want to make sure you perform pain-free exercises.

For many people with shoulder pain, performing gentle rotator cuff isometrics is a great place to start.

Later on, as their strength is improving with these exercises, they can progress to more active strengthening (like using a resistance band or tubing).

In this video, I’ll demonstrate two simple-to-perform rotator cuff isometric exercises (external rotation and internal rotation).

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Shoulder Pain – Ice or Heat? (which is better for pain relief)

Shoulder Pain – Ice or Heat? (which is better for pain relief)

If you’ve been struggling with shoulder pain, you might be wondering if it’s better to use ice for pain relief vs. using heat for pain relief.

The answer to that question really depends on two things:

– What’s causing your shoulder pain?

– What are you hoping to accomplish?

For example, if you have rotator cuff tendonitis, you might favor ice. And if you have rotator cuff tendinosis, you might favor heat.

At other times, it might be beneficial to use BOTH ice and heat in the same day.

Again, it really comes down to the cause of your shoulder pain, as well as what you hope the ice/heat will do for you.

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Rotator Cuff Strength Progression (for “Tendinosis” and Shoulder Pain)

Rotator Cuff Strength Progression (for “Tendinosis” and Shoulder Pain)

In several previous blog posts and videos about shoulder pain and rotator cuff issues (especially rotator cuff “tendinosis”), I’ve talked about how to heal the rotator cuff with things like eccentric strengthening.

However, I’ve never explained how to progress to eccentric strengthening while dealing with shoulder pain, and I get a lot of questions on my YouTube videos about how to strengthen the rotator cuff without causing addition pain.

In this video, I’ll explain that strength progression, which I break down into 3 stages.

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