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Shoulder Injuries: Rotator Cuff Pain

The rotator cuff consists of a group of muscles and tendons surrounding the shoulder joint, which provides stability during shoulder movement. A rotator cuff injury may present as a dull aching pain inthe shoulder, and the pain may worsen when the arm is lifted away from the body. Rotator cuff injuries are common in people with occupations that require them to perform repetitive overhead movements, including athletes such as tennis or badminton players. The risk of developing a rotator cuff injury increases with age, and it often occurs in people aged 50 years or above.


  • Trauma to the shoulder
  • Progressive degeneration (wear and tear of tendon or soft tissue)
  • Repetitive overhead activity
  • Repetitive heavy lifting

Common Signs and Symptoms

  • Deep, dull ache in the shoulder
  • Weakness when lifting or rotating your arm
  • Pain at rest and at night, particularly if lying on the affected shoulder
  • Difficulty in tying up or combing hair
  • Difficulty in reaching behind back

How can a Physiotherapist help?

  • Our experienced physiotherapists can assess your condition for an accurate diagnosis, as well as check for injury to other structures around the shoulder joint.
  • He or she will then manage your symptoms by tailoring a customized treatment plan, which typically involves a combination of the following:
    • Restoration of range of movement and improve shoulder flexibility
    • Improving muscle strength and joint proprioception to reinforce stability
    • Reinforcement of muscle recruitment
    • Ultrasound therapy
    • Sports taping
  • Rehabilitation can also be function-specific or sport-specific depending on your goals. Our physiotherapists will ensure a safe transition in your recovery to doing what you do best.

Shoulder rotator cuff injuries can be debilitating. It is best to seek help early. Feel free to send in your queries to our Ask a Physiotherapist Whatsapp Service at 9899 7967, or call us at 9126 8257 to arrange an appointment. Let our physiotherapists help with the management of your rotator cuff pain!

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Yishun

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Outlet: Yishun

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Outlet: Yishun

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Outlet: Yishun

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Outlet: Yishun

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Outlet: Yishun

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Outlet: Yishun

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Outlet: Jurong

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Outlet: Kembangan

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Outlet: Orchard

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Outlet: Bukit Timah

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Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Kovan

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Mei Ting Koh
Outlet: Kovan

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Outlet: Bukit Timah

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Outlet: Kembangan

My big Thank You to Mr Goh Xuan Kai, Senior MSK Physiotherapist for his excellent service in the treatment of my neck injury. Much improvement after 4 sessions. Thank you and Merry Christmas.

Yap Chong Chiew
Outlet: Kovan

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Priscillia Lim
Outlet: Jurong

Physiotherapist Su Mei did a professional and effective therapy for my osteoarthritic knees and I recovered rather quickly. The exercises she taught me are good to do on a daily basis. The clinic staff are also very helpful in responding to my queries..

Elsie Choo
Outlet: Jurong

I went for a consultation with the podiatrist Jialin at Bukit Timah branch due to my plantar fasciitis and PTTD . She is very professional, she explained my condition in detail and show me some exercises which can helps me improve the condition. The front desk staff Insyrah is nice and friendly too . She greeted me with a smile and makes me feel so welcome . Highly recommend 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

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Outlet: Bukit Timah

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Kyda Lim
Outlet: Yishun

My mum went to the clinic after persistent shoulder pain for months, and the condition did not improve after various forms of treatment. It was only recently that she went to The Sole Clinic to seek consultation from Wesley, and after assessment and treatment on the first session my mum felt more comfortable. The conditions and causes as well as further treatment plans were explained in detail. Very professional service!

DX Guo
Outlet: Orchard

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Liz MA
Outlet: Kembangan

So far so good experience in kovan branch. Where Martin helped me with my shoulder problem. Definitely can see improvements so far and very likely to resume my normal activity soon.

Nik T
Outlet: Kovan

I am eternally grateful to Low Yang Zhi and will always thank him for all the physio and also training me to think about my posture to help my shoulder. I can honestly say that movement of shoulder have improve eachtime I have visited his practice and now I fully recovered. I would highly recommend him to anyone with the same problem.

Dinalya Soon
Outlet: Jurong

I was referred to do physiotherapy sessions here at Physio and Sole by my orthopedic specialist for my shoulder injury. My physiotherapist Sue Mei is very professional and super helpful. Really had healing sessions with her and my condition has been improved a lot. Thanks Sue Mei and the team.

Nan nyein
Outlet: Jurong

I had a pain in my left shoulder and visited here. Mr. Ng Hong Kai was my physiotherapist and I’m recovered in only 2 months. I expected it might take longer. He not only targeted for me to just live daily life without pain but he also helped to build enough strength so I can restart my own exercises which might have been the cause of the pain. I’m happy with the result.

Haruka Kojima
Outlet: Jurong

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Ming Han Lim
Outlet: Yishun

Very good physiotherapist Yang Zhi who has helped me treat my shoulder pain. It took around three months to fully recover from the sports injury. He is patient and provides a lot of instructions and actions to follow even after the last session I can also exercise daily to strength the muscle and correct the positions.

Jiong He

Physiotherapist, Yang Zhi has patiently help with my Insertional Achilles Tendonities by reducing the pains allowing me to get back into running again. The exercise plan were effective in also strengthening my calves and thighs. I will highly recommend to come here if you are having the same injury as me.

Outlet: Jurong

Am thankful i got referred to Physio n sole at Jurong. My physiotheraphy Sue Mei was patient yet firm in making sure i do my exercises to get back my strength and fitness from my ACL surgery. Not only does she treat knee related problems, she helped me in other parts of body strengthening too including neck and back and core. Thank you very much for helping me to run and play again. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

Outlet: Jurong

I suffered from an ankle sprain close to 3 years ago and saw 2 different physio clinics as my pain was not getting better and ankle ligaments torn i had to do an operation . Post op I was given a refferal to physio and sole and got assigned to Mr Ng Chuen Thye. Chuen thye is an amazing physiotherapist, his treatment plan and vast knowledge has been a great help in my recovery. Sadly my recovery was plagued with challenges, I suffered from suture sensitivity and pain even when I gave up on myself Chuen thye never gave up on me. He pressed on with therapy always finding new ways to make it fun and enjoyable for me. He was so good I recommended both my mum and aunty to see him for their knee and shoulder pain and they both recovered well. Here's thanking Mr Chuen Thye for his care and dedication in my extra long recovery for someone whose jumped 2 physio clinic I was very hesistant but Chuen thye has changed that and I HIGHLY recommed him. Also thanks to all the amazing staff who helped me with all my schedule change as I was a frontliner fighting Covid and always had to cancel and change my schedules. Speacial thanks to Hayati and the rest who assisted me i didnt manage to get your names but you know who you are. Thank you again Mr Chuen Thye!! U deserve more then the 5 star rating. Forever grateful.

Natalie Pakiam
Outlet: Yishun

I want to thank Yang Zhi (physiotherapist) for making my recovery process a much easier one. I hurt my neck and back in a car accident and was referred to your Bukit Timah centre for physio sessions to alleviate the pain as well as to strengthen my muscles. On the onset, I was skeptical how physio sessions cld really help as I didn't have good physio experience (elsewhere) many years back. Thankfully, Yang Zhi is patient and gentle - must be especially hard for a rather resistant patient like myself. He is an experienced practitioner who would share with me the root problem of my pain and explain his course of actions - that really put me at ease. He has helped me to better understand my body and to learn ways to get back to daily activities without straining. Thank you for everything. Wishing you all the best and have a great career ahead.

Alice Lim
Outlet: Bukit Timah

I've been seeing my physiotherapist, Thye after my surgery and it's been wonderful. Thye is very patient and supportive in helping me to manage my pain and regain core strength which is unique to each patient. He takes special care to tailor each session to my condition each week. Thye is very understanding and fully committed to the process of my recovery which I appreciate and follows up earnestly to ensure that you are on track.

Nigel Tan
Outlet: Yishun

My mum went for physiotherapy after her knee replacement surgery, and was attended to by Mr. Chester Leow. Chester is very warm and friendly, and adept at conducting the physiotherapy sessions. He also shared useful tips that helped in her recovery process 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

Teo Jian Yi
Outlet: Yishun

I had my knee replacement surgery done in July. Started to do physio with your branch at Jurong with Chester Leow. He is a very responsible and caring physiotherapist. Very professional and experience... Under his care, I have recovered almost 90% after 3 months. Would like to send my regards and appreciation to Chester... Thank you very much.

Adelyn Tan
Outlet: Jurong

I was referred to Physio & Sole Clinic at Kembangan after my lower spine surgery. Joey was a great help to my recovery. She is not only patient, but a good listener and addressed my issues. During each visit, she patiently helped loosening my muscle tightness and taught me new exercise. My speedy recovery has a lot to thanks to Joey. Despite a major surgery, I was relief to be able to go for long walk after 3 weeks and swim after 6 weeks. I highly recommend Joey should you require a rehab or physiotherapy. Not forgetting to mention, the front desk staff are friendly and helpful too. 👍

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Outlet: Kembangan


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