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.
- Ice therapy
- Compression of the shoulder
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Surgery – if symptoms persist
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