Managing Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain

  • Health Professionals
  • Physiotherapeut*innen
  • Sportwissenschafter*innen
  • Student*innen PT ab dem 5. Semester

Rotator cuff related shoulder pain (RCRSP) was a term proposed to replace scientifically outdated and potentially flawed diagnoses such as subacromial impingement syndrome, as well as uncertain pathoanatomical diagnoses such as rotator cuff tendinitis/ tendinosis, and partial thickness and full thickness rotator cuff tears. RCRSP refers to the muscles, tendons, and surrounding structures, such as bursa, bone, ligament, capsule, nerve, and vascular tissue related to the entirety of the rotator cuff of the shoulder.

It also recognises the complexity of evolving pain science. The term RCRSP acknowledges that the basis for presenting symptoms is mostly indeterminable and is used when a collection of clinical symptoms is present. RCRSP is probably the most common musculoskeletal shoulder condition and manifests as shoulder pain and weakness, most commonly during shoulder elevation and external rotation.

Another important feature suggestive of RCRSP is a history of increased physiological load preceding the onset of symptoms, or a decreased ability to deal with physiological load due to lifestyle factors such as poor sleep, stress, reduced physical activity, uptake in or increased smoking, and poor nutrition.

The aim of this talk is to discuss the management of this condition and will include the role of injections, surgery and rehabilitation, and rehabilitation as a standalone management option.

Continuing education units
For the course „Managing Rotator Cuff Related Shoulder Pain“, you will receive 2 CEU of 45 minutes each.


  • Lewis, Jeremy

    Prof. PhD, FCSP