RC dysfunction can lead to shoulder pain and injury, which is one of the most common musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders alongside back, neck, and knee pain. Common RC dysfunctions include:
These dysfunctions are more likely to occur with impaired shoulder mobility, faulty biomechanics and movement patterns, poor posture, and non-ergonomic work activities. While each of these factors are important to address as early as possible, they become even more important to address as we age.
Luckily, RC injury and shoulder pain can often be avoided by a combination of rotator cuff-specific strengthening, shoulder stretching, and the modification of overhead activities like using a step stool or ladder.