The Rotator cuff is a series of tendons in and around the shoulder which are largely responsible for maintaining the ball of the upper arm bone position within the shallow cup or socket of the shoulder, it also plays a significant role in aiding movement patterns of the shoulder. In short it plays an integral part in contributing to how your shoulder functions and so when it is injured it can cause major dysfunction in the form of significant pain and loss in movement.
How we injure the rotator cuff can be quite diverse from merely straining t
he cuff by lifting something, overloading the cuff through a repeated loading event such as day to day activities like repeated movements or activities that the shoulder isn’t use to carrying out or more serious injuries such as a tear or even complete rupture of the Rotator cuff through sudden trauma such as a fall or even an overload above head height.
Often patients with overload injuries will talk about a more gradual onset of pain or more acute onset where trauma is involved. Also, calcification or arthritis and wear patters can cause a more gradual increase in symptoms of pain and loss in range of movement over a period of time.
Physiotherapy is centred around getting the correct diagnosis which is essential for implementation of the correct treatment. So the history of the injury can give vital indications as to the nature of injury and severity, this along with observation of movement patterns, special tests to specifically stress the different tendons of the rotator cuff and palpation of the various tendons will all give an indication of what is required at the point of treatment to achieve a successful outcome.
Treatments centre around directly treating the problem with electrotherapy, hands on soft tissue work and exercise therapy as well as working on posture and stability around the shoulder with again home exercise techniques, strapping and strength work.
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