Rotator Cuff Injuries: Upper Back Issues & Causes

  • In rotator cuff bursistis or impingement, the supraspinatus tendon and its bursa may be impinged.
  • Repeated practice of Downward Facing Dog Pose, Upward Facing Dog Pose and/or Chaturanga Dandasana with the shoulder misaligned can lead to rotator cuff issues. (Jill Miller)

Rotator Cuff Injuries Vary

Rotator cuff injuries vary from mild tendon inflammation (rotator cuff tendonitis), shoulder bursitis (inflamed bursa), calcific tendonitis (bone forming within the rotator cuff tendon) through to partial and full thickness rotator cuff tears, which may require rotator cuff surgery. Some shoulder rotator cuff injuries are more common than others. These include: Rotator Cuff Impingement, Rotator Cuff Tendonitis / Tendinopathies, Shoulder Bursitis (fluid-filled sac that provides a cushion between a bone and tissues), Calcific Tendonitis, Rotator Cuff Tears, and Bicipital Tendonitis. – Physio Works