The “rotator cuff” consists of four muscles in the shoulder complex that work together to provide stability to the shoulder and enable movement for the myriad of necessary tasks from carrying to throwing. Injury to any of these muscles or their tendons is often marked by pain, limitations in motion, and limitations in strength.
Rotator cuff injuries are common and can be seen with both weekend warrior athletes and professional athletes as well in people who engage in a variety of jobs.
Rotator cuff injury can be acute or the result of degeneration of tissue. Fortunately, many treatment options are available. In many cases, patients with rotator cuff injury are encouraged to attempt physical therapy treatment first. If conservative treatment fails, surgery is an option.