Rotator Cuff Injuries2019-09-02T18:12:24+01:00

Chartered Physiotherapists

Specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy

Rotator Cuff Injuries

The rotator cuff musculature is made up of four separate muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor) which attach into the shoulder joint and serve to rotate the shoulder internally and externally and to stabilise the joint during dynamic functional movements. Occasionally during activities which require heavy lifting or repetitive overhead movements the rotator cuff muscle or tendon can become overloaded resulting in injury.

There are a number of factors which can predispose an individual to rotator cuff injury, these can include:

  1. A muscle imbalance between the deltoid and rotator cuff muscle strength or between internal and external rotator cuff muscles.
  2. Poor scapulohumeral rhythm due to joint stiffness (A-C jt, Sterno-clavicular and Scapulothoracic jts) and/or weakness in the scapular stabiliser muscles can lead to dysfunctional shoulder movement increasing pressure on the rotator cuff muscle.

At Portobello physiotherapy our Chartered Physiotherapists are very experienced in the treatment of shoulder related pathologies. We will carry out a thorough assessment of your shoulder pain in order to arrive at an accurate diagnoses and address not just the symptoms but the causes of your shoulder pain. Treatment techniques used may involve any of the following interventions in isolation or combination: progressive strengthening and mobility exercises, myofascial release techniques, deep tissue massage, joint mobilisation, laser, heat therapy, dry needling and acupuncture.

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“Due to a serious Repetitive Strain Injury in my shoulder/neck I have been attending Portobello Physiotherapy on and off over the last several years, during which, the treatment I have received has always been of the highest standard. The staff are both friendly and welcoming and have always answered any questions I’ve asked about my injury. Exercise programmes were set out for me, explained in detail and, in my case, altered to suit how my shoulder/neck react to them. As long as I put the time in to doing the exercises and follow the advice of the Therapists I always see results within a short space of time. I would highly recommend Portobello Physiotherapy to anyone, as the care and attention I have received on my visits has always been second to none.”

Tim Dublin 8

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