Contractile dysfunction of the shoulder (rotator cuff tendinopathy): An overview

Chris Littlewood*

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It is now over a decade since the features defining a contractile dysfunction of the shoulder were first reported. Since this time, some progress has been made to better understand this mechanical syndrome. In response to these developments, this narrative review will explore current understanding in relation to pathology, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of this syndrome with reference to literature specifically relating to contractile dysfunction but also literature relating to rotator cuff tendinopathy where necessary. The review not only identifies the strengths of the mechanical diagnosis and therapy approach with reference to a contractile dysfunction of the shoulder but also identifies where further progress needs to be made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-213
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012


  • Contractile dysfunction
  • Narrative review
  • Shoulder pain
  • Tendinopathy


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