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Rotator Cuff

The rotator cuff refers to the four rotator cuff muscles in the shoulder, and is a common cause of shoulder pain, usually in the form of a condition known as rotator cuff tendinitis.  Symptoms include intense shoulder pain, especially with movement; weakness in the arm and shoulder; a tearing feeling in the shoulder; and tenderness and inflammation in the upper shoulder. In severe cases, sufferers are unable to raise the arm to shoulder height.


Rotator cuff injuries are usually caused by a sudden, violent movement, such as falling onto an outstretched hand at speed or throwing a cricket ball, etc.

Recommended treatment:

  • Rest
  • Physiotherapy
  • Ice therapy
  • Compression of the shoulder
  • Elevation
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Ultrasound
  • Surgery – if symptoms persist

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