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I’ve Torn My Rotator Cuff–Do I Need Surgery, Or Can Physical Therapy Help?

rotator cuffThe shoulder joint is one of two ball and socket joints in the body (the other being the hip), making it one of the most mobile joints.  However, possessing significant mobility comes with inherent instability, making it very prone to injury.  Over time, this mobility can lead to injuries of the shoulder, including rotator cuff tears which, unfortunately, are fairly common.  Statistics show that rotator cuff surgeries are performed on between 75,000 and 250,000 individuals per year in the United States, even with several studies indicating high failure rates.  While there are numerous factors associated with these failure rates, Physical Therapy has been advocated as a first line of defense by many to avoid surgery. read more