The Rotator Cuff is a group of four muscles that move and stabilize the shoulder. These muscles include the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor and subscapularis. When these muscles or their tendons are damaged it can cause pain along the front or side of the arm and neck pain.
Other symptoms include inability to lift the above shoulder level or to reach behind your back.
Treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy includes rest, ice, range of motion and strengthening exercises.
As with most injuries to the arm it is important to limit heavy lifting. With the rotator cuff we also have to avoid overhead activities such as lifting something off a shelf and repetitive activities such as painting.
can be placed on the shoulder to reduce swelling. This is particularly important immediately after you perform an activity that
causes you pain to prevent swelling in the first place.