Impact of Physiotherapeutic Procedures on the Treatment of Damaged Rotator Cuff Muscules of the Shoulder Girdle
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Damage to the rotator cuffs within the shoulder girdle is one of the many causes of the painful shoulder syndrome. The main symptom is the accompanying pain limiting partial or complete mobility in the shoulder joint. Weakness and atrophy of the deltoid and supraspinous muscles of the shoulder are secondary symptoms caused by immobilization of the upper limb. The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of the use of physical therapy in women with damaged rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder girdle. The study involved 30 women aged 45–70, who were divided into two groups: professionally active (n = 15) and professionally inactive (n = 15). The muscle strength of the shoulder joint rim, strength of the hand grip and pain assessment according to the VAS scale were analyzed. The assessment of upper limb fitness was assessed before and after 20 physiotherapy procedures. Professionally active women returned to physical fitness faster, gaining greater strength of the shoulder girdle, strength of the hand grip and reduction of perceptible pain.
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