Rotator cuff tear

The rotator cuff is a group of four shoulder muscles that help to promote proper shoulder mechanics and center the head of the humerus bone in the shoulder blade socket, enabling optimal shoulder movement without pain. Any of the four rotator cuff muscles can develop a tear or strain, and this can be a sharp, traumatic episode or a slowly-developing occurrence over time. At Goodell PT, we can help diagnose a rotator cuff strain or tear, and develop a comprehensive exercise program to help strengthen and rehabilitate the involved muscle(s). There may also be contributing factors from the cervical and thoracic spine regions that we can identify and address in order to decrease strain forces on cuff itself.