Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

Posted on May 20th, 2013

What is Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles which originate from the shoulder blade and attach to the upper arm bone (humerus). Collectively, the rotator cuff muscles support and assist with movements of the shoulder. The four muscles that make up the rotator cuff are:

–          Supraspinatus                   –     Infraspinatus

–          Subscapularis                     –     Teres Minor

When a muscle contracts, tension is placed through the muscle and its tendon. Damage can occur when too much repetitive or high force is placed through the tendon. Rotator cuff tendinopathy is a condition whereby there is damage, with subsequent inflammation and degeneration to one or more of the rotator cuff tendons. This is usually due to gradual wear and tear associated with overuse, however it may also occur traumatically due to a specific incident. Overuse typically occurs due to excessive lifting, overhead activities, lying on the affected side or pushing and pulling. 

Signs and Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

The signs and symptoms of rotator cuff tendinopathy usually develop gradually over a period of time. Often, the pain is described as a dull ache in the affected shoulder that increases to a sharp or catching pain with certain activities. The pain is usually localized to the shoulder, however pain may also be experienced in the upper arm, shoulder blade, upper back or neck. Patients with rotator cuff tendinopathy will usually experience pain or difficulty with lifting or carrying heavy objects, overhead activities, elevating the affected arm, pushing or pulling and lying on the affected side.

If you have any of the above signs or symptoms, a physiotherapist may be able to help to ease your pain. Call us today to make an appointment!


Posted on May 1st, 2013

PhysioCare has been providing physiotherapy services to the residents of Magnetic Island for more than four years. Until recently, we have been providing these services at the Horseshoe Bay Medical Centre. From early May 2013, we will be working at the Magnetic Island Medical Centre in Nelly Bay, every second Friday. If you would like any more information on the clinic on Magnetic Island please call us on 4723 3552.