Physio Edge 047 Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy With Dr Chris Littlewood


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
  • Injections
  • Surgery
  • Is there really a rotator cuff exercise, compared to a scapular muscle exercise?
  • Do exercises isolate the rotator cuff?


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