What is the Rotator Cuff?

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, providing stability and facilitating a wide range of motion in the shoulder. These muscles and tendons work together to keep the shoulder joint in place and allow for smooth movement.

Causes of Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff injuries can occur due to various reasons, including:

Repetitive overhead movements: Activities such as painting, swimming, or playing tennis can put stress on the rotator cuff over time.
Trauma: A sudden injury, such as a fall or lifting heavy objects, can cause tears or strains in the rotator cuff.
Degenerative changes: As we age, the tendons of the rotator cuff may degenerate, making them more prone to injury.
Poor posture: Slouching or poor posture can contribute to imbalances in the shoulder muscles, increasing the risk of rotator cuff injuries.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Injuries

Common symptoms of a rotator cuff injury may include:

• Shoulder pain, especially when lifting or reaching overhead
 • Weakness in the shoulder or arm
 • Difficulty sleeping on the affected side
 • Limited range of motion in the shoulder
 • Clicking or popping sounds with shoulder movement


Diagnosing a rotator cuff injury typically involves a thorough physical examination, along with imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasound, or MRI scans. These tests help assess the extent of the injury and guide treatment decisions.

Treatment Options

Treatment for rotator cuff injuries depends on the severity of the injury and the individual’s lifestyle and goals. Common treatment options may include:

  • Rest and activity modification
  • Physical therapy exercises to strengthen the shoulder muscles and improve range of motion
  • Pain management techniques such as ice therapy or anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Surgical intervention for severe cases or large tears that do not respond to conservative treatments.


While not all rotator cuff injuries can be prevented, there are steps you can take to reduce your risk, including:

  • Practicing proper posture and body mechanics during daily activities
  • Gradually increasing the intensity and duration of exercise to avoid overuse injuries
  • Incorporating shoulder-strengthening exercises into your fitness routine
  • Taking regular breaks during repetitive tasks involving overhead movements
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Why Choose Premier Orthopaedic Associates For Rotator Cuff Injuries?

At Premier Orthopaedic Associates of Southern New Jersey, we understand the impact that rotator cuff injuries can have on your daily life. Our team of orthopedic specialists is dedicated to providing personalized care and effective treatment options to help you recover from your injury and regain function in your shoulder. Take the first step toward healing your rotator cuff injury, text or call 856.690.1616 or schedule an appointment online

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