Treatment for Rotator Cuff Injuries



The rotator cuff muscles are a group of small muscles and their tendons which help stabilize the shoulder in its joint. A rotator cuff injury can include any type of injury or damage to the rotator cuff muscles or tendons. This includes: tears, tendinopathy, bursitis and inflammation (tendinitis).

Common symptoms include: a pain or ache felt in the shoulder on moving the arm up to the side or front. The pain can sometimes occur in an “arc” or “catch” during movement, where pain may come on at a certain point during movement, difficulty with overhead activities or post-activity ache after overhead activity. Symptoms may also include aching pain which may be worse at night and towards the end of the day following activity.

These injuries may be caused by a sporting injury, an injury from recreational activity or degenerative changes. Contributing to these injuries may be poor biomechanics of the shoulder joint and shoulder blade, poor posture, weak supporting muscles or poor technique to an activity.


Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapists can thoroughly assess and diagnose the extent of the shoulder injury and provide appropriate advice regarding management. Musculoskeletal and Sports Physiotherapists are able to perform specific tests and assessment techniques to not only help diagnose your problem but to also identify any contributing factors to your problem.

Our Physiotherapists at Pro Physio SA are all highly trained to be able to assess and plan a treatment program that is suitable for you. We offer treatment for all types of rotator cuff and shoulder injuries including: tendinopathies, tears, bursitis, inflammation and post surgery rotator cuff repairs.


At Pro Physio SA, we place particular emphasis on not only treating the source of the pain but also the contributing factors. Rehabilitation and treatment for rotator cuff injuries may include but is not limited to:
Specific exercise prescription, stretching exercises, strengthening exercises, advice and education, electrotherapy, massage, dry needling/acupuncture, taping.

We also provide post-operative rehabilitation programs for those who have undergone surgery for rotator cuff tears with use of our on-site gym and Pilates studio. We are able to provide supervised exercise therapy utilizing up-to-date equipment and exercise techniques.

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