Rotator cuff tendinopathy is a common cause of shoulder pain and usually presents with shoulder tip or anterior shoulder pain. It is common in people that perform a lot of repetitive overhead activities (painters, carpenters etc) or in athletes (basketballers, netballers etc).
Why does it happen?
The rotator cuff is a common name for a group of 4 muscles that provide stability and strength to the shoulder during movements. Rotator cuff tendinopathy can occur from trauma but more often it is a combination of overuse, overload and muscle imbalances.
Some other risk factors include:
Working/exercising in awkward positions
Repetitive arm movements
Working with hands above shoulder level
A few tips to help with the pain
Ice is great in reducing any inflammation that is involved with rotator cuff tendinopathy. Apply ice or an ice pack wrapped in a towel to your shoulder for 15-20 minutes every 2-3 hours as needed.
Avoid using the arm to lift or carry heavy load, especially overhead.
3. Avoid sleeping on your painful shoulder
Sleeping on your painful shoulder can makes this worse because you will be compressing the joint and cause further irritation to the surrounding structures.
How can a Physiotherapist help?
Controlling symptoms is the first step of managing your shoulder pain. The next step is to understand the cause of problem and what structures may be involved. This is done through observing and assessing:
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