The rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder are a group of deep muscles that surround the shoulder and provide stability with movement.
Injuries to these muscles can occur from a single incident , such as a fall onto the arm, or from repeated activities such as swimming or overhead work.
Deep dull aching in the shoulder which may radiate into the upper arm,
Disturbed sleep and pain lying on the affected side,
Restricted and painful movements,
Difficulty with reaching behind the back or combing hair
Pain with lifting moderate loads.
Without treatment muscle weakness can develop, movements can become restricted or "frozen shoulder "can develop.
Treatment is most successful if started early and includes initial modification of activity, manual therapy, and a program of strengthening exercises as tolerated. Dry needling can also be effective, as can a period of anti-inflamatory medication.
If you are experiencing shoulder pain or have similar symptoms call the clinic to book an assessment with one of our Physiotherapists.