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Rotator Cuff, Part 4 – Therapeutic Exercise for Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

The blog, Rotator Cuff Part 3 discussed the physical therapy treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy and degenerative rotator cuff tears. This blog will detail some of the common exercises for rotator cuff tendinopathy and degenerative tears and their purpose. It is important to note that in physical therapy, exercises are individually chosen based on the patient’s physical examination. Stretching and strengthening should be pain free, so exercises are modified or delayed if there is pain.


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  2. Ludewig PA, Reynolds JF. The association of scapular kinematics and glenohumeral joint pathologies. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther 2009;39(2): 90-104.

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