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Rotator cuff injuries

What is a rotator cuff injury?

The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles located around the shoulder joint. They are very important for the stability of the shoulder. The rotator cuff tendons can either become inflamed, or torn. Inflamation of the rotator cuff is called tendinitis. This tends to have a sudden onset due to a specific injury. Rotator cuff tears are most common in older people, and usually develop gradually, due to wear and tear change in the tendon. Rotator cuff tears can be either partial, or complete, in which case the muscle affected becomes weak.

How do we treat rotator cuff injuries at the Mansfield Clinic?

This depends on the exact nature of injury, and careful diagnosis is important. Dr Allfree will give you a thorough assessment and diagnosis, and advise you accordingly. Treatment for tendinitis involves rest, painkillers, appropriate manual therapy, and occasionally steroid injections. Minor rotator cuff tears may respond to these measures, but if the tear is more extensive, surgical treatment may be necessary. Dr Allfree will give you the appropriate professional advice to aid recovery.

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