Rotator Cuff Tendonitis


Also known asrotator cuff impingement syndrome, this occurs when there is inflammation of the rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder. These tendons lie in a narrow space between the top of the arm bone(humerus) and the tip of the shoulder bone (accromium).Impingement syndrome occurs when these rotator cuff tendons become inflamed and no longer glide smoothly within this space. Usually this inflammation is initially caused by a trauma but can be self exacerbating if left untreated

Pain during overhead activities
Pain while asleep
Pain around the shoulder and upper arm


A rotator cuff tear occurs when the one of the rotator cuff muscles separates from the bone where it normally attaches.

Weakness on arm activities above shoulder height
Pain and difficulty with getting dressed
Pain over the shoulder area
Pain radiating down the arm

In the case of a complete tear surgery may be required it is always important to see a physiotherapist for post surgical rehabilitation and exercises. Sometimes if there is a partial tear surgery may not be indicated and a conservative route of physiotherapy is advised by your consultant.This usually involves a progressive programme of range of motion and strengthening exercises.

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