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
Rotator cuff myofascial pain syndrome
Following traumatic or sports injuries
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