Torn Rotator Cuff Physical Therapy in NYC

A torn rotator cuff is a common condition that causes weakening of the shoulder and for some, a great deal of pain when attempting even basic daily activities like combing your hair or getting dressed. Fortunately, the condition is very treatable, and oftentimes doesn’t even require surgery. However, if you’re seeking torn rotator cuff physical therapy in NYC, you’ll want to do it with the best: Llin Physical Therapy. Founded by Maurizio Llin, a distinguished professional in the field and someone who has gone through the rigors of physical therapy many times before, Llin Physical Therapy is the single best practice for torn rotator cuff physical therapy in NYC.


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What is a Torn Rotator Cuff?


The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles in the shoulder that form a “cuff” around your arm that keeps it steady and allows it to lift and rotate. When any of these tendons tears or is damaged, physical therapy may be a wise option to help mitigate the pain. Torn rotators happen in one of two ways. An acute tear occurs when an entire tendon is severed at once as a result of a one time incident like trying to lift a heavy box or taking a hard fall. A degenerative tear is a product of the tendon wearing down slowly over time. This condition is very common in people over the age of 40. So long as the tear is not very severe, physical therapy should be the first course of action for those looking for a solution to their shoulder pain.

Symptoms of a Rotator Cuff Tear


A torn rotator cuff can be easily identified by the presence of a few key symptoms. These symptoms are as follows


-Pain at rest, especially when lying on the injured shoulder

-Pain with specific movements such as lifting your arm

-Weakness in the injured arm

-Cracking sensation when moving the shoulder in certain ways


How is a Torn Rotator Cuff Treated?


Typically, a torn rotator cuff does not require surgery and can be treated with proper physical therapy that restores the full range of motion to the shoulder and eliminates pain. The non-surgical treatment option includes plenty of rest, heat and ice, but also must include key movements and exercises to develop strength in the shoulder to allow for a full recovery and to mitigate the risk of reinjury. Someone suffering from a torn rotator cuff must seek top-of-the-line treatment, and there is simply no better place for torn rotator cuff physical therapy in NYC than Llin Physical Therapy. 


If you have suffered a torn rotator cuff and are looking to get the most out of your physical therapy, make an appointment by downloading our app.

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What are Common Ways to Injure your Rotator Cuff?

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The rotator cuff can be referred to as a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint. This rotator cuff keeps the head or the top of the upper arm bone firmly in place in the socket of your shoulder. An injury to the rotator cuff can cause an obscure ache in an individual’s shoulder; the pain can intensify by the use of the arm away from the body. At Llin Physical Therapy, we provide torn rotator cuff physical therapy in NYC to aid our patients to make a full recovery. 


Rotator Cuff Injury


Rotator cuff injuries are common and the chance of obtaining this injury increases with age. The pain that is related to a rotator cuff injury may include the following symptoms:


  • Dull or irritable aches/pains in your shoulder. 

  • Disturbance in sleep.

  • Difficulty in performing overhead motions, such as combing your hair or reaching behind your neck. 

  • Weakness in the arm region.


This injury may occur earlier in a patient’s life when their occupations require repeatedly performing overhead motions (i.e. carpenters and painters). There are many factors that can increase your probability of injuring your rotator cuff. These risk factors include: 


  • Age: Rotator cuff injuries are most common in individuals over the age of 60. 

  • Construction Jobs: Occupations such as house painting or carpentry tend to require repetitive overhead arm motions that can damage the rotator cuff over a long period of time. 

  • Family History: There is a possibility of a genetic component being inherited as they appear to occur more frequently in certain families. 


This injury may be the result of an intense injury to the shoulder along with constantly moving your arms above the head. The repetitive activity of lifting your arm over your head and away from your body or lifting heavy items over a long period of time may wear and tear the rotator cuff tendon. Without proper treatment, rotator cuff injuries may result in permanent loss of motion and may lead to progressive degeneration of the shoulder area. 


Torn Rotator Cuff Physical Therapy in NYC


Many patients can manage their symptoms of rotator cuff injury with physical therapy. Many doctors recommend this form of rehabilitation to improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles surrounding the injured shoulder area. Practicing daily shoulder exercises can help prevent future injuries to the rotator cuff. 


For more information about torn rotator cuff physical therapy in NYC, download our app or visit our website.



Maurizio is the Founder of Llin Physical Therapy.  He has a doctorate in physical therapy and is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.  He specializes in sports medicine/orthopedics with a focus on shoulder, hip, and knee injuries.


As a sports enthusiast all his life, Maurizio is no stranger to injury and physical therapy. Through his past experiences as a patient, Maurizio now strives to deliver quality, one on one care with empathy and passion.  He stays on top of the

most cutting edge knowledge by regularly attending HSS, NYU, and Northwell lectures throughout NYC and Long Island.


Maurizio has been a physical therapist for the leading Broadway shows Avenue Q and Once on This Island; the stand-by PT for TV’s Quantico, and countless high school and collegiate athletes. He has also appeared on Eyewitness News demonstrating exercises to benefit marathon runners as well as a guest speaker on Yeshiva University’s sports physical therapy panel. As part of his practice, he continues to see his patients via his wellness program which emphasizes strength and conditioning once they complete their rehab.


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Physical Therapy After Tommy John Surgery

Now, you may be wondering, what even is a Tommy John Surgery? Tommy John Surgery has become a well-known term used to describe an ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction. This procedure repairs a ligament in the elbow that is responsible for the majority of the limb’s stability. Additionally, this injury is common in throwing athletes, such as baseball pitchers. The UCL procedure became known as the Tommy John Surgery, as it was named after Tommy John, who was a Major League Baseball pitcher who was the first to ever receive this now common surgery.  Have you recently received this procedure and need torn rotator cuff physical therapy in NYC? LLIN Physical Therapy is here to help you! 


What are the Symptoms? 


When the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) tears, you may not be able to do much of anything with your arm until it is properly treated. Sometimes you may even hear a popping sound. You might experience soreness around the elbow area, however, other symptoms may include: 

  • Swelling of the elbow or upper forearm 

  • A bruise at the site of the tear 

  • Stiffness or inability to straighten the arm 

  • Tingling in the hand or fingers

  • Weak hand grip 


Post Surgery/Recovery Time  


After Tommy John Surgery, it is estimated that most baseball pitchers will need at least a year of rehabilitation before returning to their top playing form. Physical therapy is crucial for getting back to your best after an injury/post-surgery. By working with a trained physical therapist, such as Maurizio Llin, you’ll be able to strengthen your arm and get you back and playing with your original ability in no time. Furthermore, Llin Physical Therapy is here to help in any way he can, even in these challenging times. By offering private physical therapy on NYC’s Upper East Side, current and potential patients have the opportunity to virtually continue their physical therapy regimens, without having to add on recovery time in the long run. 


LLIN Physical Therapy Can Help! 


Have you recently received the Tommy John Surgery and are looking for a physical therapist to assist you in rehabilitation? We are now offering torn rotator cuff physical therapy in NYC to help you during these times. Contact LLIN Physical Therapy in New York or visit our website today! 

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