How to manage rotator cuff injuries in the workplace

A high incidence of rotator cuff injuries has prompted the development of Australia's first-ever guidelines specific to managing the condition in the workplace.

The new guidelines state that an estimated 65–70 per cent of all shoulder pain is due to rotator cuff complaints.

The guidelines include a list of various occupations, such as construction workers, carpenters, slaughterhouse workers, fish and meat processing workers, sewing machine operators and industrial workers, that all have elevated levels of shoulder pain incidence.

The guidelines are applicable to GPs, medical specialists and other health care providers involved in the treatment of people with rotator cuff syndrome, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, ergonomists, chiropractors and osteopaths.

They can also be used by the injured worker and those involved in supporting the return to work for injured workers with rotator cuff syndrome.

Last updated
02 May 2017