Rotator Cuff

A painful and disabling condition caused by a tear of the muscle(s) supporting the shoulder. The most affected is the supraspinatus tendon and can also affect the infraspinatus, subcapularis or teres muscles. In the population under 40, it is usually caused by a sporting injury and for those over 40, it commonly develops after a repetitive activity of the shoulder (rotator cuff strain/overuse).


Pain when lifting the arm

Weakness lifting the arm


Inflammation and redness around the shoulder

Protecting the arm or holding the arm is common

Clicking or crepitus when moving the shoulder in certain positions

Pain when sleeping on the side

Common conditions:

Supraspinatus tendinopathy

Shoulder impingement



Rotator cuff myofascial pain syndrome

Following traumatic or sports injuries

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