March 2021 Newsletter


Rotator Cuff Syndrome


Rotator Cuff Syndrome (RCS) refers to an injury to one or more of the muscles that stabilize the shoulder.  The “shoulder” is a complex of four joints and four muscles:

  • Scapulothoracic
  • Glenohumeral
  • Acromiocalvicular
  • Sternoclavicular

Four muscles primarily stabilize the shoulder: 
  • Supraspinatus
  • Infraspinatus
  • Teres minor
  • Subscapularis 



Causes of RCS include:

    Acute Injury:

·      Sports injury

·      Fall on out-stretched hand (FOOSH)

Chronic Conditions:

·      Repetitive movements

o   Weightlifting

o   Swimming

o   Golfing

o   Work demands

Physical examination should include:

·      Mobility of the joints of the shoulder complex

·      Strength/stability of the muscles of the rotator cuff

·      Dysfunctional movement patterns of the upper extremity

Treatment should address:

·      Soft-tissue health

o   ART®

·      Mobility of the joints of the shoulder complex

·      Strength & stability of the rotator cuff musclature

o   Rehabilitation

Active Performance Chiropractic focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of athletic-related injuries. Treatment is a unique blend of Active Release Techniques, traditional chiropractic therapy, and physical rehabilitation designed to match each patient’s goals and lifestyle.