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Rotator Cuff Injuries

What is Rotator Cuff Injury?

This refers to strain or tear of the rotator cuff, which comprises of four muscles in the shoulder. These muscles control and stabilise the shoulder joint.

What are the most common rotator cuff injuries?

Can physiotherapy help people with rotator cuff injuries?

Yes. Physiotherapy is effective in the treatment of rotator cuff injuries. A Physiotherapist will carry out a comprehensive assessment on you to determine the type of rotator cuff injury you have and provide corresponding treatment plans to alleviate your symptoms.

What are the causes of rotator cuff injuries?

  • Trauma such as falling on your arm or outstretched hand, or lifting something too heavy

  • Ageing which leads to degenerative changes in the tendons

  • Overuse from repetitive movements in sport such as in swimming, baseball, or daily life such as overhead arm movements, placing items on high shelves, painting and lifting

  • Poor posture

What are the symptoms of rotator cuff injuries?

  • Shoulder pain or clicking when your arm is at shoulder height or when your arm is overhead

  • Shoulder pain that extends from the top of your shoulder to your elbow

  • Shoulder pain when lying on your affected shoulder

  • Shoulder pain at rest

  • Shoulder muscle weakness or pain when attempting to reach or lift

  • Shoulder pain when putting your hand behind your back or head

  • Shoulder pain reaching for a seat-belt

  • Shoulder pain that affects sleep

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