The Rotator Cuff
The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles in the shoulder, connecting the upper arm (humerus) to the shoulder blade (scapula). The rotator cuff tendons provide stability to the shoulder; the muscles allow the shoulder to rotate.
The muscles in the rotator cuff include:
Rotator Cuff Conditions
- Rotator cuff tear: An injury tears a rotator cuff tendon that’s been weakened by age or wear and tear. Weakness in the arm (and usually pain) are the symptoms.
- Rotator cuff tendinosisis (tendinitis): Repetitive overhead use of the arms (such as painting or throwing) causes a painful strain injury.
- Rotator cuff impingement: The tendons of the rotator cuff are squeezed between the humerus and a nearby bone called the acromion. Symptoms and treatment of impingement are similar to tendinitis.
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis): The humerus adheres to the shoulder blade, causing shoulder pain and stiffness.
- Subacromial bursitis: Inflammation of the small sac of fluid (bursa) that cushions the rotator cuff tendons from a nearby bone (the acromion).
Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries
At NorthWest Physio + we can assess your symptoms and diagnose the source of your pain and provide you with the best course of action to treat your particular injury.
When your injury is sufficiently healed we will suggest a suitable exercise program to help you return to your daily activities, sports and other recreational activities more effectively.
Talk to us at NorthWest Physio + about which exercises will best help you meet your rehabilitation goals. We will provide you with a programme that provides a range of exercises that are safe and effective for you,