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Rotator Cuff Injury


The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach the shoulder blade (scapula) to the upper arm bone (humerus). It helps to lift and rotate the arm. A rotator cuff injury is a tear or strain in these muscles and tendons.



Symptoms of a rotator cuff injury may include:

  • Pain in the shoulder, especially when lifting or rotating the arm

  • Weakness in the arm and difficulty lifting or rotating it

  • Crackling or grinding sensations when moving the shoulder

  • Arm stiffness, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity



If you think you may have a rotator cuff injury, it is important to see a doctor or physical therapist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Treatment may include rest, physical therapy, and in some cases, surgery.



Physiotherapists may assist in improving strength and flexibility of the muscles connected to the shoulder joint. Without physical therapy treatment, rotator cuff problems may lead to permanent loss of motion or weakness of the shoulder joint.


Watch this youtube video of one of the physiotherapists at Bankstown Physiotherapy treating a patient with a rotator cuff injury. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYlr27uTYOI


Published by Jolnar Chami

Bankstown Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre


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