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Rotator Cuff Strain Rehabilitation Exercises

Exercises for rotator cuff tendinopathy can help alleviate the pain and its other symptoms. You can start with these exercises right away. However, avoid doing the exercises as soon as you feel pain and lifting above your head as you heal.

Wand exercise with flexion

Stand and hold a stick with your hands, palms facing down. Lift your arms over your head and keep your elbows straight. Hold the position for 5 seconds and go back to your starting position. Repeat it 10 times.

wand exercise with flexion
Resisted shoulder external rotation

Resisted shoulder external rotation

Stand next to a door and tie a stretch band in the opposite knob. Place your injured arm on your side and hold the stretch band right at the height of your elbow. Move your arm outward and away from your body.

Resisted shoulder internal rotation

Tie a stretch band on your doorknob or any flat surface where you can tie it at the height of your elbows. Stand next to the door facing your injured arm and hold the stretch band with your arm making a 90-degree angle. Slowly move your arm across your body by maintaining your forearm parallel to the floor. Do it for 2 sets with 8 to 12 reps each.

Resisted shoulder internal rotation
Isometric shoukder external rotation

 Isometric shoulder external rotation

Stand in front of a doorway with your elbow bent at a 90° angle. Keep your elbow on your side and push the back of your wrist against the door frame in an outward movement.

There should be little to no movement. Hold for 5 seconds. Do it for 3 sets with 10 reps each.

Isometric shoulder internal rotation

Stand in a doorway with your elbow bent at a 90° angle and make a fist or touch the door frame with your palm.

Keep your elbow on your side and push the door frame with your fist or palm. There should be little to no movement. Hold for 5 seconds. Do it for 3 sets with 10 reps each.

Isometric shoukder internal rotation
wand exercise with extension

Wand exercise with extension

Stand upright and hold a stick behind your back using both hands. Slowly move the stick away from your back upward and hold the position for 5 seconds. Repeat it 10 times.

Wand exercise with external rotation

Lie on your back and hold a stick with the palms facing up. Lift your forearm on the injured side at a 90° angle and the other arm at a 45° angle.

Move the stick upward by rotating the affected shoulder. Your injured arm should form a 90° angle laying flat on the mat. Hold the position for 5 seconds. Repeat it 10 times.

wand exercise with external rotation
wand exercise with shoulder abduction and adduction

Wand exercise with shoulder abduction and adduction

Stand upright and hold a stick with your hands, palms facing away from your body. Let the stick rest on your thighs.

Keep your elbows straight as you use one arm to push the other up to the side as high as possible. Hold the position for 5 seconds. Repeat it 10 times.

Scaption

Stand upright with your arms at your sides. Slowly raise and spread your arms to shoulder or eye level. Your arms should be at a 30° angle away from your body. Point your thumbs toward the ceiling.

Hold the position for 2 seconds and lower your arms slowly. Do it for 3 sets with 10 reps each. You can hold a 4-lb weight or a soup can when doing this exercise if there is no pain.

scaption
side-lying external rotation

Side-lying external rotation

Lie on the side of the unaffected arm. Place a rolled towel between your side and elbow. With your top arm at your side, bend your elbow at a 90° angle. Keep your elbow against your side, raise your forearm as high as you can and hold the position for 2 seconds.

Slowly lower your arm across your body. Do it for 3 sets with 10 reps each. You can hold a 4-lb weight or a soup can when doing this exercise if there is no pain.

Horizontal abduction

Lie on a table or the edge of a bed face down with the injured arm hanging down to the floor. Raise your arm out to the side at shoulder height, with your thumbs pointed toward the ceiling.

Hold the position for 2 seconds and then lower it slowly. Start this exercise with no weight. As you get stronger, add a 4-lb weight or a soup can. Do it for 3 sets with 10 reps each.

hoizontal abduction
push-up with a plus

Push-up with a plus

Be in a pushup position with your hands and knees on the floor. Lift your feet off the floor and keep your arms shoulder-width apart. The plus part is arching your back when you straighten your elbows.

Bend your elbows and lower your body to the floor and go back to the starting position. Do it for 3 sets with 10 reps each.

WELCOME TO ADVANCED SPORTS & SPINE

We' ve built a long standing relationship based on trust

Don’t let muscle pain stop you from living your best life! Let our board-certified physiatrist help you with the best treatments for your rotator cuff strain. 

As a trusted physiatrist in Charlotte, NC, Advance Sports & Spine takes a holistic approach to diagnose and treat our patients. We offer interdisciplinary pain management therapies that are non-surgical and non-opioid treatments to treat common and advanced sports injuries. 

Pain relief and improved mobility are at the center of our practice. We aim to help you heal, be free from pain, move as much as you want, and improve the overall quality of your life. 

The recovery of our patients is anchored in several approaches, including the use of state-of-the-art medical equipment, the latest techniques, guided diet, and rehabilitation exercises. Our physical medicine and rehabilitation are all done in our medical practice, saving you time, effort, and money. 

Contact Advanced Sports & Spine

Our personalized treatments have been the pinnacle of our relationships with our patients that marked us as a trusted medical practice in the Charlotte community. If you are experiencing any pain in your rotator cuff or shoulder, schedule an appointment for your rotator cuff strain rehabilitation exercises in Charlotte. Contact us today!

frequently asked questions

WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?

Dr. Ahmad is in-network with most insurance companies. If you provide us with your insurance information before your new patient appointment, our team will contact your insurance company and complete a benefits check. Generally speaking, a copay is usually your only change on your new patient visit. Other than your copay, you will be notified in advance of any other costs for your appointment.

WHAT TYPE OF PROCEDURES ARE DONE AT THIS PRACTICE?

You will not find another non-surgical, non-opiate interventional pain management office in the greater Charlotte Area offering such a diverse and innovative array of services. Dr. Ahmad and his team will do a thorough exam on your area of complaint, provide you with a complete diagnosis, and recommend the best course of action to help eliminate your pain.

WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE THERE OTHER THAN MEDICATION?

WILL I ALWAYS SEE THE SAME PROVIDER?

Most of the time you will be treated by the same provider unless the treatment varies.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our office is conveniently located in the Arboretum Office Park at the intersection of Pineville Matthews Road and Providence Road, less than a mile from the Providence Road Exit off of 485. The Arboretum Office Park is located across Providence Road from the main section of the Arboretum. Our actual address is 8035 Providence Road Suite 340, Charlotte, NC 28277

ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH A HOSPITAL?

Advanced Sports & Spine is a private practice, not annexed to or owned by a hospital facility. We are a non-facility fee office. Therefore, our patients pay less compared to having the procedure performed at a hospital.

IF I DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? DO YOU ACCEPT CASH? DO YOU FINANCE?

The cost depends on 2 main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Ahmad and his team will be able to answer this question for you more thoroughly after your initial examination and review of diagnostic findings. 

Yes, we do accept cash. We also have the most competitive pricing in the Carolinas with many different financing options, such as Care Credit and Advance Care, offering low monthly payments and interest free options for up to 14 months.

IF I RECEIVE AN INJECTION DO I NEED A DRIVER?

For joint injections, a driver is not needed. For spinal and PRP injections, a driver is recommended.

HOW LONG WILL THE INJECTION TAKE?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working.

HOW LONG BEFORE I START FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE INJECTION?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working. Average relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or that it could last even longer.

For ESI and Facet injections, relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or it could even last longer. MBB only lasts 1 day and determines if you are a candidate for RFE. You return the next day with a pain diary. RFA procedures can last 6 months to a year.

WHAT MEDICATION IS USED FOR THE INJECTION? WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Joint injections contain a steroid and anesthetic. Whenever you break the skin, there is a possibility of bleeding and infection. However, those risks are minimized because image guidance is used. If you have Diabetes, the injection can increase sugar levels for up to 3-4 days. Steroids given close to the skin can cause discoloration or dimpling.

WHERE ARE THE INJECTIONS PERFORMED? DO I GO TO A SURGERY CENTER?

At Advanced Sports & Spine, the majority of our pain management procedures are performed in our Charlotte office. We use state-of-the-art equipment. Our ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance techniques ensure accuracy, help limit complications, and increase success rates.

WHAT IS PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the latest cutting-edge pain management approaches in treating most sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. This is a non-surgical procedure that provides fast, effective, and long-lasting relief from pain and discomfort. Read more

WHAT IS STEM CELL THERAPY?

Stem cell therapy is one of the most innovative procedures that uses mesenchymal cells in treating injuries, pain, and damaged tissues. This is a non-surgical and non-opioid procedure that produces minimal to no risk of complications or adverse effects. Read more

WHERE DO YOU GET THE PRP? WHERE DO YOU GET THE STEM CELLS?

The PRP and stem cells come from the patients themselves. The equipment Advanced Sports & Spine uses to process the PRP and stem cells is FDA cleared for that use.

HOW MUCH IS THE COST?

The cost depends on 2 main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Ahmad and his team will be able to answer this question for you more thoroughly after your initial examination and review of diagnostic findings.

IS A PRP INJECTION COVERED BY INSURANCE?

Unfortunately, no insurance companies in the country cover PRP, so the treatments are self-pay. However, we have the most competitive pricing in the Carolinas with many different financing options, such as Care Credit and Advance Care, offering low monthly payments and interest free options for up to 14 months.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Relief from PRP injections can last 2-5 years.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE DONE? HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Dr. Ahmad uses the AngelⓇ System to produce the concentration of PRP substance needed for your pain management treatment. This machine uses 3-sensor technology (3ST) that can be configured to customize PRP substance concentrations.

The AngelⓇ System is a fully automated technology that has the capacity to deliver platelet concentrations with adjustable leukocyte concentration. These concentrated PRP substances are safe because we use the patient’s own blood while following the FDA minimal manipulation guidelines.

The procedure is performed as an outpatient treatment in our office.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I GET AN APPOINTMENT?

It’s a quick process. We simply need the patient’s information, insurance information, and the date and the time to book an appointment. Book your appointment today!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE BEFORE IT STARTS TO WORK?

On average, patients experience relief in about 6 weeks, but you may see results sooner.

WHEN DO YOU DO THE PROCEDURES?

Dr. Ahmad and his team will do a thorough exam on your area of complaint, provide you with a complete procedure of diagnosis, and recommend the best course of action to help eliminate and reduce your pain.

Procedures are performed in the office. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm.

Wand Exercise with Flexion

Stand with a stick in your hands, palms facing down. Keep your elbows straight as you lift your arms over your head. Hold for 5 seconds and return. Repeat 10 times.

wand exercise with flexion for frozen shoulder rehabilitation

Wand Exercise with Extension

Standing upright, hold a stick behind your back with both hands. Slowly move the stick away from your back and hold for a count of 5. Release. Repeat 10 times.

wand exercise with extension for frozen shoulder rehabilitation

Wand Exercise with External Rotation

Lie on your back on a hard surface. Hold a stick in your hands keeping the palms facing up. Rest your upper arms on the floor with your forearms bent at a 90 degree angle. Using one arm, push your other arm away while still keeping the elbow of that arm pushed at your side. Hold for 5 seconds. Repeat 10 times.

wand exercise with external rotation for frozen shoulder rehabilitation

Wand Exercise with Internal Rotation

Standing upright with one arm behind your head holding a stick. Bend your other arm behind your back to hold the stick. Move the stick up and down by bending your elbows. Hold for 5 seconds. Return to your starting position. Repeat 10 times.

wand exercise with internal rotation for frozen shoulder rehabilitation

Wand Exercise with Shoulder Abduction and Adduction

Standing upright, hold a stick with both hands, palms facing out. Let the stick rest against your thighs. Keep your elbows straight as you use one arm to push the other out to the side and as high as possible. Hold the stretch as you count to 5. Repeat 10 times.

wand exercise with shoulder abduction and adduction for frozen shoulder rehabilitation

Scapular Active Range of Motion

Standing straight, shrug your shoulders up toward your ears and hold for 5 seconds. Next, squeeze your shoulder blades together for 5 seconds. Then, pull your shoulder blades down and back toward the floor. Relax. Repeat this cycle 10 times.

scapular active range of motion exercise for frozen shoulder rehabilitation

Biceps Stretch

Stand facing a wall, about 6 inches away from it. Raise one arm to the side placing the thumb side against the wall with your palm facing down. Keeping the elbow straight, rotate your body in the opposite direction of the arm until you feel the stretch across your bicep. Hold for 15 seconds, then repeat 3 times.

biceps stretch for frozen shoulder rehabilitation

Pectoralis Stretch

While standing in a corner or doorway, place your arms on the wall slightly above your head. Lean forward slowly until you feel the stretch along the front of your shoulders. Hold the stretch for 15-30 seconds and then repeat 3 times.

pectoralis stretch exercise for frozen shoulder rehabilitation

WELCOME TO ADVANCED SPORTS & SPINE

We' ve built a long standing relationship based on trust

Stop living with shoulder pain! Schedule a consultation with our board certified physiatrist for diagnosis and treatment of your shoulder pain or injury. At Advanced Sports & Spine in Charlotte, our holistic, interdisciplinary pain management therapies include non-surgical, non-opioid treatments to heal injuries, provide pain relief, and improve mobility. 

Our goal is to help you heal, move freely, and achieve a better quality of life as quickly as possible. We utilize a combination of state-of-the-art equipment, the latest techniques, diet, and exercise to help patients heal. Most treatments and procedures are performed in our private medical office so patients receive affordable treatments by avoiding unnecessary facility fees that may be added by hospitals, outpatient medical centers, or hospital-owned medical practices.

Contact Advanced Sports & Spine

Our patients’ health comes first! Personalized patient care sets our practice apart. If you have neck pain or neck spasms, contact Dr. Usman Ahmad and Advanced Sports & Spine for neck spasm rehabilitation exercises in Charlotte. Schedule an appointment today!

frequently asked questions

WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?

Dr. Ahmad is in-network with most insurance companies. If you provide us with your insurance information before your new patient appointment, our team will contact your insurance company and complete a benefits check. Generally speaking, a copay is usually your only change on your new patient visit. Other than your copay, you will be notified in advance of any other costs for your appointment.

WHAT TYPE OF PROCEDURES ARE DONE AT THIS PRACTICE?

You will not find another non-surgical, non-opiate interventional pain management office in the greater Charlotte Area offering such a diverse and innovative array of services. Dr. Ahmad and his team will do a thorough exam on your area of complaint, provide you with a complete diagnosis, and recommend the best course of action to help eliminate your pain.

WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE THERE OTHER THAN MEDICATION?

WILL I ALWAYS SEE THE SAME PROVIDER?

Most of the time you will be treated by the same provider unless the treatment varies.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our office is conveniently located in the Arboretum Office Park at the intersection of Pineville Matthews Road and Providence Road, less than a mile from the Providence Road Exit off of 485. The Arboretum Office Park is located across Providence Road from the main section of the Arboretum. Our actual address is 8035 Providence Road Suite 340, Charlotte, NC 28277

ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH A HOSPITAL?

Advanced Sports & Spine is a private practice, not annexed to or owned by a hospital facility. We are a non-facility fee office. Therefore, our patients pay less compared to having the procedure performed at a hospital.

IF I DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? DO YOU ACCEPT CASH? DO YOU FINANCE?

The cost depends on 2 main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Ahmad and his team will be able to answer this question for you more thoroughly after your initial examination and review of diagnostic findings. 

Yes, we do accept cash. We also have the most competitive pricing in the Carolinas with many different financing options, such as Care Credit and Advance Care, offering low monthly payments and interest free options for up to 14 months.

IF I RECEIVE AN INJECTION DO I NEED A DRIVER?

For joint injections, a driver is not needed. For spinal and PRP injections, a driver is recommended.

HOW LONG WILL THE INJECTION TAKE?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working.

HOW LONG BEFORE I START FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE INJECTION?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working. Average relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or that it could last even longer.

For ESI and Facet injections, relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or it could even last longer. MBB only lasts 1 day and determines if you are a candidate for RFE. You return the next day with a pain diary. RFA procedures can last 6 months to a year.

WHAT MEDICATION IS USED FOR THE INJECTION? WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Joint injections contain a steroid and anesthetic. Whenever you break the skin, there is a possibility of bleeding and infection. However, those risks are minimized because image guidance is used. If you have Diabetes, the injection can increase sugar levels for up to 3-4 days. Steroids given close to the skin can cause discoloration or dimpling.

WHERE ARE THE INJECTIONS PERFORMED? DO I GO TO A SURGERY CENTER?

At Advanced Sports & Spine, the majority of our pain management procedures are performed in our Charlotte office. We use state-of-the-art equipment. Our ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance techniques ensure accuracy, help limit complications, and increase success rates.

WHAT IS PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy is one of the latest cutting-edge pain management approaches in treating most sports injuries and other musculoskeletal conditions. This is a non-surgical procedure that provides fast, effective, and long-lasting relief from pain and discomfort. Read more

WHAT IS STEM CELL THERAPY?

Stem cell therapy is one of the most innovative procedures that uses mesenchymal cells in treating injuries, pain, and damaged tissues. This is a non-surgical and non-opioid procedure that produces minimal to no risk of complications or adverse effects. Read more

WHERE DO YOU GET THE PRP? WHERE DO YOU GET THE STEM CELLS?

The PRP and stem cells come from the patients themselves. The equipment Advanced Sports & Spine uses to process the PRP and stem cells is FDA cleared for that use.

HOW MUCH IS THE COST?

The cost depends on 2 main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Ahmad and his team will be able to answer this question for you more thoroughly after your initial examination and review of diagnostic findings.

IS A PRP INJECTION COVERED BY INSURANCE?

Unfortunately, no insurance companies in the country cover PRP, so the treatments are self-pay. However, we have the most competitive pricing in the Carolinas with many different financing options, such as Care Credit and Advance Care, offering low monthly payments and interest free options for up to 14 months.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Relief from PRP injections can last 2-5 years.

HOW IS THE PROCEDURE DONE? HOW LONG DOES THE PROCEDURE TAKE?

Dr. Ahmad uses the AngelⓇ System to produce the concentration of PRP substance needed for your pain management treatment. This machine uses 3-sensor technology (3ST) that can be configured to customize PRP substance concentrations.

The AngelⓇ System is a fully automated technology that has the capacity to deliver platelet concentrations with adjustable leukocyte concentration. These concentrated PRP substances are safe because we use the patient’s own blood while following the FDA minimal manipulation guidelines.

The procedure is performed as an outpatient treatment in our office.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I GET AN APPOINTMENT?

It’s a quick process. We simply need the patient’s information, insurance information, and the date and the time to book an appointment. Book your appointment today!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE BEFORE IT STARTS TO WORK?

On average, patients experience relief in about 6 weeks, but you may see results sooner.

WHEN DO YOU DO THE PROCEDURES?

Dr. Ahmad and his team will do a thorough exam on your area of complaint, provide you with a complete procedure of diagnosis, and recommend the best course of action to help eliminate and reduce your pain.

Procedures are performed in the office. We are open Monday-Friday from 8:30am-5:00pm.

Conditions Treated

We offer to help patients with the following conditions

Back and neck pain, acute or chronic

Arthritis/bursitis

Accident injuries

  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Shoulder, Knee, Hip and other joint pains
  • Occupational injuries
  • Neuralgias
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve entrapments
  • Complex Region Pain Syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Spasticity
  • Trigger fingers
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Working Hours

MONDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
TUESDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
WEDNESDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
THURSDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
FRIDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
SATURDAY Closed
SUNDAY Closed

Clinic Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: Closed

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