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Golf Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy Physiotherapy

Rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common shoulder injuries that affects golfers.

Golf swings (which of course will be repeatedly done over years if not decades) will cause chronic wear and tear injuries to the rotator cuff muscles. Specific to rotator cuff tendinopathy, what happens is the tendons in the shoulder become painful, swollen and hypercellular, and then the collagen matrix slowly and eventually becomes disorganized, weakening the tendon further.

At the same time, there is an increase vascularity and nerve density, and in some cases, there may also have calcification may occur in any of the rotator cuff tendons (more often seen in the supraspinatus muscle tendon).

Golf Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy Symptoms

  • Pain is often severe at rest, with movements, and at night.
  • Pain with overhead activities.
  • Activities undertaken at less than 90degrees of abduction are usually pain-free.
  • There will be tenderness over the supraspinatus tendon proximal to or at its insertion into the greater tuberosity of the humerus.
  • Pain in the shoulder or upper arm pain when the arm is lifted up and away from the body.
  • Pain in the front of the shoulder which extends down and into the elbow and forearm

Golf Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy
physiotherapy and what we do

Rest & Cold Therapy:

Rest from the aggravating activity (no golf for a while, we know it's hard but just for a while whilst we sort out the injury and its causes), and apply cold therapy for a bit.

Scapular Stabilization:

The scapulohumeral rhythm refers to the movement of your scapula across your ribcage in relation to your arm (humerus bone). What happens is that this movement can be compromised by anything that influences/changes the position of the scapula.

Those influenes can include scapular muscular imbalance such as the trapezium muscles (upper and lower). Such muscular imbalance can impair the scapulohumeral rhythm which in turn causes impingement of the rotator cuff tendon as your arm is raised above your head in a golf swing (or regular work/activities).

Scapular stabilization physiotherapy refers to a specific set of scapular-related exercises that strengthens your shoulder girdle muscles to restore normal scapular movement and function. These same exercises also facilitates energy transfer through the kinetic movement chain.


If your shoulder girdle and golf muscles are weak and/or have incoordination (which our senior physios will pick up during our indepth assessment when you first come to us), then we will also work on sport/activity-specific movement and strengthening.

You see, imbalanced or decreased shoulder and rotator cuff strength will cause and aggravate shoulder tendon tendinopathy. Physio shoulder treatment will include strengthening of your external rotators as they tend to be weaker than internal rotators (naturally). Our senior physios will create a customized-to-you and do-with-you program to strengthen your rotator cuff muscles.


Posterior capsular tightness of the shoulder joint is associated with decreased

  • internal rotation and
  • reduced rotator cuff strength

Regular deep and sustained stretched of the shoulder is required to maintain healthy shoulder muscle and joint length and movement to prevent stiff shoulders from occurring and for full smooth movements and function.

Ultrasound therapy to accelerate soft tissue healing

Joint mobilization and manipulation

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Phoenix Rehab Physio Services

Phoenix Rehab Group works with specialist physiotherapists and rehab therapists who are highly trained, qualified, experienced and passionate to provide high level of expert care to our patients.


Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists (sprains and fractures) and fingers, usually will benefit / require Hand Therapy to

  1. manage and decrease hand pains
  2. improve range of motion, strength and dexterity
  3. increase the function of their hand following injuries or post-operations

Commonly treated hand pain injuries includes


Clinical Pilates is a form of physical exercise that focuses on posture, core stability, balance, control, strength, flexibility and breathing.

It is a system of safe and effective exercises, which meet specific individual needs, to treat a wide range of injuries and conditions.

You may do Pilates as matwork or with the reformer or both, and every session will be customized 100% to your fitness, injury and tolerance.


  • Cupping TCM
  • Auricular Therapy TCM
  • Herbal TCM Medicine & Supplementation


Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and  shorten downtime / recovery period required.

It also prevents muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.

Read the benefits of regular deep tissue release therapy here.


All our allied health therapists and TCM physicians are fully insured and registered with Allied Health Professions Council (AHPC) and Traditional Chinese Medicine Board (TCMB).

See our entire team here with introductions and their specializations.

At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough assessment, helping them to select the most appropriate treatment to help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.

Follow up sessions are inline to provide expert treatment for your pain as well as prescribing specific exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term solution.

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