The rotator cuff and rotator cuff tendons are often involved in shoulder pain, and targeted with our treatment. Dr Chris Littlewood is a Physio and senior research fellow at the University of Sheffield, and spends a large portion of his time studying and treating shoulder pain, including rotator cuff tendinopathy. In this episode, Chris and I discuss how to identify rotator cuff tendinopathy and other types of shoulder pain, and how you can direct your treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy. We also explore:
- Other sources of shoulder pain
- Clues that the cervical spine could be referring pain to the shoulder
- Unstable shoulder
- Red flags
- When to image the shoulder
- When bursal thickness or effusion is or isn’t a problem
- Shoulder assessment
- Stiff painful shoulders
- Treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy
- Improving exercise adherence
- When to perform special orthopaedic tests
- Is there really a rotator cuff exercise, compared to a scapular muscle exercise?
- Do exercises isolate the rotator cuff?
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