Rotator cuff tendinopathy is an irritation of one or more tendons of a group of muscles stabilizing the shoulder called the rotator cuff.
Repeated overhead movement can, over time, cause irritation, inflammation and/or a lesion to these tendons.
The rotator cuff consists of four muscles that help position the humerus, your upper arm bone, into the shoulder socket during arm movement.
The shoulder has great mobility but is prone to injury during falls or accidents, or in case of altered motor control.
Rotator cuff tendinopathy can cause, but is not limited to, pain felt at the shoulder and sometimes the scapula, a pinching sensation, loss of strength and active range of motion, and localized swelling.
The pain and pinching sensation are often felt when raising the arm overhead or when lowering the arm from an elevated position. Pain may also be present at night. In more advanced cases, you may additionally feel pain during the day while at rest.
Treatment consists of Class IV Laser Therapy, management of any biomechanical stresses in the area and exercise rehabilitation to address any weaknesses that can be putting undue stress on the area.
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