Rotator cuff tears
Rotator cuff tears are one of the most common causes of shoulder pain. A tear to the rotator cuff can occur from an injury or trauma but can also commonly occur gradually as people age. As high as 40% of people over 65 years have degenerative tears to their rotator cuff, many having no pain at all but may notice shoulder weakness when doing activities overhead.
What is the rotator cuff?
The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles and tendons that attach from your shoulder blade (scapula) to your upper arm bone (humerus). These hold the ball of the shoulder into the socket to keep the shoulder stable and secure.
Can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapy is very effective for improving the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear. A physiotherapist can help provide symptom relief and prescribe specific exercises to improve your shoulder function and pain.