Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain Rehab & Exercises – Tears, Tendinitis, Impingement

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Are you dealing with shoulder pain? Do you have pain with lifting your arm, reaching behind your head or your back? Have you been told you may have a rotator cuff tear, tendinitis, or shoulder impingement? Check out this video to learn everything you need to know about exercise therapy for rotator cuff related shoulder pain.

Anatomy & Function (0:00)
Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain Umbrella (0:28)
Traumatic vs Non-traumatic (1:50)
Partial vs Full Thickness Tear (2:21)
Clinical Presentation (3:18)
Exercise Categories (5:14)
Category #1: Pressing (5:31)
Category #2: Pulling (7:22)
Category #3 External Rotation (8:22)
Category #4: Abduction (10:38)
Exercise Guidelines (12:06)
Pain With Exercise (12:34)
Summary (13:29)
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Disclaimer: The information presented is not intended as medical advice or to be a substitute for medical counseling but intended for entertainment purposes only. If you are experiencing pain, please seek the appropriate healthcare professional.


Fit Oldster says:

I am so happy I found this video. Thank you! Iā€™m doing very similar (rehab and strengthening) exercises so I guess, or at least hope, that Iā€™m on the right path. Thanks again!

Mr Johnston says:

Excellent production quality. Makes all the difference

Alan Kochevar says:

Do pull-ups affect rotator cuff tears

Mario Escalera says:

Awesome video, thank you!! šŸ™

Chaitanya Marathe says:

Hey sir i am shoulder injuri befor 5/6 weeks
Right supraspinatus tendinosis.
Right infraspinatus partial tear at insertion.
Type I laterally downsloping acromion.
Fluid is seen in the subacromial-subdeltoid bursa. Coraco-acromial ligament is
thickened. Plz recovery activities

Roman Veretelnik says:

If one has the availability to go thru these movements 5-6 days per week, could you imagine it potentially causing more of a shoulder problem compared to say 3-4 days per week? Is accurate frequency important?

Vikhyat JJN says:

Sir this is the best video, however i am doing rehab for 1 month now- i feel my rotator cuff is healed since i dont have pain while doing any rotator cuff tear tests like CAN etc, so how to know if it is healed properly so that i can begin lifting weights again

Fabiano Mendes says:

when is bad internal rotation of the shoulder in workout?

Saurabh says:

one of the best simple & direct presentation, thank u so much

DJ Carlo Atendido says:

This video is so well made and produced..holy crap man..amazing job!!! This video needs more views!!!

Pete cooper says:

Brilliant thankyou

Westly LaFleur says:

This is the best physio video series I've ever seen.

pablito1904 says:

Hi, are isometric's abduction safe if we suffer from impingement/bursitis ? Won't they worsen the impingement/bursitis ?
Thanks by advance for your thoughts

Rjennings014 says:

Research has been strenuous and very diluted with many topics when coming to shoulder recovery, mobility, balance and posture. This was a very large step in the right direction. Amazing guidance and provided the necessary info to start the journey back to an active life and a healthier shoulder.

Joe Illingworth says:

6 months ago I injured it. Today I'm going to start exercises to help it šŸ™‚

Kalidhar Woh says:

Is this the reason why I m not able to do a pull up ? When i attempt to do it , i feel tightness in my right arm and it feels stuck and not moveable for the pull up

Mike honcho says:

This is amazing content, with a partial thickness tear. Is it possible to keep doing normal gym stuff like bicep curls without further damaging the cuff?

Mj Claudia Nava says:

Okay I recently came across a patient who has severe ER , flexion and abd deficit. MMT almost 1 and 2 for these muscles but able to perform hand behind back.
How do I improve her strength where her strength is very low

Morgan Gilders says:

Just as an anecdotal data point regarding pain – I injured my rotator cuff in June and have been working through it since then. After an initial 2-3 week rest (I don't heal quickly šŸ™ƒ) I saw a PT and started trying to work back strength and range of movement. My biggest improvements have happened when I didn't let pain stop me from doing movements in a controlled manner – I found that my body was signalling pain even though the injury was essentially healed. Interestingly, the pain never got worse as I was doing the movements, and often after the first few reps the pain would essentially go away. I really did a number on my shoulder and I don't have a great foundation of strength particularly in my shoulders to begin with (I've been fighting rounded shoulders since I was a pre-teen) so I'm still not back to 100%, but I would be much further away if I waited for the pain to be gone completely.

Blake Levitts says:

Should you rest for 30 seconds after each set in the isometric exercises?

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