Take Home Points
Rotator cuff diseases are common musculoskeletal issues. There are several causes and symptoms of rotator cuff diseases. It is important to implement treatments appropriate for each case. As one gets older and the rotator cuff weakens or tears, it becomes harder to avoid rotator cuff diseases. There have been a number of studies that have proposed methods to prevent these symptoms through rotator cuff muscle training exercises. Kim (2014) examined individualized resistance training programs for the prevention of rotator cuff disease. Five participants (machine group) performed individualized shoulder internal and external rotation training with a resistance training machine. Another five participants performed general dumbbell-based shoulder internal and external rotation training for eight weeks. Internal and external rotation power was measured using an isokinetic machine before and after training.
1. Kim Y, Lee K, Moon J, Koo D, Park J, Kim K, Hong D, Shin I. Effect of Resistance Training Maintaining the Joint Angle-torque Profile Using a Haptic-based Machine on Shoulder Internal and External Rotation. J Phys Ther Sci. 2014 Apr;26(4):525-8.
Written by Chris Barber, CPT