Rotator cuff pathology

Disorders involving the rotator cuff are by far the most common cause of shoulder pain and dysfunction, increasing in importance with the age of the patient. Common disorders are discussed below.

Also known as subacromial bursitis, or supraspinatus tendonitis, this is the most common rotator cuff problem by far.

It is usually precipitated by minor trauma or overload of the supraspinatus tendon which then ‘impinges’ on the under surface of the acromion.

The condition is