Rotator Cuff Injuries

Injuries to the rotator cuff are common. They can occur from a sudden load to the muscle, which can occur during a fall.

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Alternatively, they can occur from sudden increased loading of the tendon, such as in a weekend gardening, or repetitively lifting the arm above the head.

The muscles of the rotator cuff attach to the bone through tendons. Tendons can become irritated and painful with sudden increases or decreases in load or activity. Tendons respond well to strengthening exercises. There is good evidence in fact, that your rotator cuff tendon will do better from physiotherapy, than it will be having surgery (check out our blog on ‘should you have surgery for your rotator cuff tear’)

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