The rotator cuff is critical for normal shoulder kinematics. It is important to accurately diagnose and treat these injuries to ensure an expeditious return to best possible function and, moreover, minimise the risk of progressive injury to the shoulder.
Shoulder problems are common in sports medicine practice. Subacromial bursitis and rotator cuff tendinopathy (ranging from low grade tendinosis to partial or full thickness tears) have long been implicated as causes of pain, weakness and functional limitation about the shoulder. This article presents an approach to the more common shoulder presentations in which the rotator cuff is injured.