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With a torn rotator cuff that isn't quite bad enough to warrant surgery but still painful enough that my mother can't do much with that arm, are there any recommended exercises to at least keep arm and shoulder strength up, or to minimize pain?

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    You should probably encourage her to see a physical therapist. Helping an (older? non-athletic?) person recover from an injury might be outside the range of what can be addressed in an online forum like this one. – DavidR Nov 26 '12 at 21:56
  • With the same caveat that a PT should be the one to diagnose/prescribe, here is a basic shoulder strengthening routine: fitness.stackexchange.com/questions/7225/… Note: This was for overuse, NOT a tear. I strongly recommend a PT evaluation. – JohnP Nov 27 '12 at 2:01
  • Thanks John and David - yes, she has got an appointment next week with a physio. I'll send her that link though as it may be useful. – Rory Alsop Nov 27 '12 at 9:16
  • What muscle or tendon in the rotator cuff is torn? – user4644 Nov 29 '12 at 2:32
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    I'm a bit nervous about you getting advice on here, I feel that either a medical professional or a physical therapist should be consulted. As no one can know her exact situation this is a slippery slope into making this worse or taking advice that doesn't apply to you. Be very careful please. And keep that appointment. – Jeff Nov 29 '12 at 23:36

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