Rotator Cuff Injury

The information is intended to inform and educate and is not a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. 


The rotator cuff is a group of tendons involved in the internal and external rotation of the arm. Rotator cuff injuries include impingement, overuse and tears.


Rotator cuff impingement is caused by part of the scapula (shoulder blade) squashing the rotator cuff tendons.
Overuse is caused by an imbalance in the strength between the internal and external rotators, resulting in damage or tendinitis.

A rotator cuff tear is caused by a single force applied to the rotator cuff (usually due to an impact or fall) causing tearing of the tendons.


  • Scapula stabilisation
  • Rotator cuff range of motion
  • Rotator cuff flexibility
  • General shoulder flexibility
  • Rotator cuff strength
  • General shoulder strength
  • Correct scapula-humeral rhythm