What is rotator cuff tendonitis and can physical therapy help?
Rotator cuff tendonitis is a common condition referring to the inflammation, irritation and swelling of tendons around the shoulder. The rotator cuff is made up of four small, fragile muscles named supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis, which help the arm attach and move properly in the shoulder socket. When the rotator cuff is injured, such as with overuse, repetitive overhead or tensile overload (such as a sudden pull or jerk), pain results from inflammation to the muscle group. Symptoms typically include generalized pain with reaching above the level of your shoulder, during or after exercise, weakness, popping and difficulty lying on the affected shoulder. Physical therapy is commonly recommended by your physician to provide specific exercises to strengthen the rotator cuff and muscles surrounding the shoulder, reduce pain and inflammation, and help you to return to work or sports related activities.
Vince Frisillo, MPT
Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine
Excel Therapy Specialists