Rotator cuff impingement / tears

Have you had reoccurring shoulder pain?

Have you ever had shoulder treatment only to find the pain returns in the near future?


Shoulder complaints rarely occur in isolation and are usually accompanied by neck/upper back issues. Assessment and treatment needs to be directed at all three areas in order to produce long lasting results.


Physio Physique always aim to provide you with long term solutions by way of comprehensive assessment, highly skilled hands-on therapy and self maintenance exercises.


Remember the reason your shoulder hurts is likely due to the repetitive activities performed on a daily basis, weakness and poor shoulder control.  As such a self directed maintenance program will help you address the underlying dysfunctions and keep your shoulder healthy for the long term. 

How long will it take for my shoulder to heal?

It is common for shoulder conditions to require a healing time frame of 3-6 months.  Just because your pain may  settle quickly, does not mean you have fully recovered.


During your recovery, an individualised rehabilitation program is crucial to regain good scapula (shoulder blade) control, strength and posture. These factors are another reason why your shoulder tendons and bursa jam up.

Don't let your shoulder condition turn into a chronic complaint. Worse yet, if you stop using your shoulder due to the pain you could even develop a frozen shoulder. Frozen shoulders can take more than 12-18 months to recover. 

What is rotator cuff impingement?

Rotator cuff impingement occurs when the tendons and bursa are pinched under the narrow space beneath the acromion (top of shoulder blade). You may be more susceptible to cuff impingement if you have a downward sloping acromion as this will reduce the space available within the shoulder. Continual irritation of the tendons and bursa can lead to inflammation and degeneration of these structures and cause tears.


How do you develop tears in the rotator cuff? 

Rotator cuff tears are simply tears that occur in the shoulder's rotator cuff tendons and are due to direct trauma or repetitive stress. Traumatic tears can occur quickly or under heavy loads such as from a fall. Tears caused by repetitive stress is commonly associated to activities that require you to use your hands away from your body or above shoulder height.