• Raven Wood, SPT

My Rotor Cup is Bad!

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder joint, keeping the head of your upper arm bone firmly within the shallow socket of the shoulder. The rotator cuff can be sometimes be mispronounced and called "rotor cup". A rotator cuff injury can cause a dull ache in the shoulder, which often worsens when you try to sleep on the involved side. Rotator cuff injuries occur most often in people who repeatedly perform overhead motions in their jobs or sports. Examples include laborers and people who play volleyball or tennis. The risk of rotator cuff injury also increases with age. Many people recover from rotator cuff disease with physical therapy exercises that improve flexibility and strength of the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint.


The pain associated with a rotator cuff injury may:

Be described as a dull ache deep in the shoulder

Disturb sleep, particularly if you lie on the affected shoulder

Make it difficult to comb your hair or reach behind your back

Be accompanied by arm weakness


DocJay PT recommends daily shoulder stretches and strengthening exercises can help prevent future injury. Most people exercise the front muscles of the chest, shoulder and upper arm, but it is equally important to strengthen the muscles in the back of the shoulder and around the shoulder blade to optimize shoulder muscle balance.


DocJay PT uses a multidimensional treatment approach that may/may not include:

Deep soft tissue mobilization to release tightened muscles that may be limit motion

Active-Assisted exercises that require you to move as far as you can and then stretched further to increase mobility.

Spinal manipulation of thoracic spine to increase mobility of mid-back that allows for increased arm motion.

Scapular stability program to promote proper shoulder mechanics and prevent future injury

Specific- graded exercise regiment that target rotator cuff muscles.

It is important to seek out physical therapy services at the first sign of pain so to reduce severity of injury and need for surgical intervention. DocJay Physical Therapy can also provide you with the tools you need to prevent rotator cuff injury during your normal exercise routine.

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