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Rotator Cuff InjuriesThe rotator cuff are a deep group of shoulder muscles. They consist of the supraspinatus, subscapularis, infraspinatus and teres minor muscles. The tendons of these muscles envelope the shoulder like a 'cuff' and contribute to its dynamic stability.
Minor damage to the rotator cuff tendons with associated bursitis can lead to a symptom called shoulder impingement. This may be initially treated with a cortisone injection which can provide pain relief.
Stephanie Rice had a shoulder arthroscopy in September 2010 which demonstrated subacromial bursitis although her rotator cuff tendons were normal.