Shoulder Injuries

The Shoulder and Rotator Cuff

The most mobile joint complex in the body is critical to perform everyday tasks at home or away. We specialize in shoulder and rotator cuff injury treatments through manual therapy and corrective exercises.

Shoulder Injuries and Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

The goal of chiropractic care in shoulder injury cases is to bring the patient’s shoulder back to full function while reducing and eliminating pain caused by the injury. We treat shoulder pain and shoulder injuries through muscle therapy and stabilizing strategies.

Shoulder injuries include but not limited to:

The shoulder complex is essential to being involved in most daily activities. It makes sense shoulder injuries, especially rotator cuff tendinitis should be taken seriously. Usually, when all muscles in the shoulder complex aren’t working synergistically, problems arise.

Some symptoms of a shoulder injury includes the inability to hold objects, reach for objects overhead, and waking up with pain in the shoulder. Shoulder pain can hold different qualities from dull and achy to sharp pain at a certain point in arm motion.

It’s important to look beyond the shoulder complex, even though that is where the pain is experienced. At Zygo Sport and Spine, we take into consideration the function between the shoulder blade and your mid-back, your range of motion of your neck, to functional movements through motions such as a squat, or throwing mechanics for overhead athletes.

Whether you’re experiencing shoulder pain from lifting, playing baseball, volleyball, or something as simple as doing yard work, we want to help. We work to get our patients out of pain, moving better, and moving forward in life with confidence.

Rotator Cuff injuries

The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscles that stabilize and move the shoulder joint complex. Most of the time, rotator cuff issues are caused by overuse, or an issue with musculature imbalances that causes one of the muscles to work harder through ranges of motion. Seeing the shoulder is the most mobile and utilized joint in the body, complications and damage to the area are not uncommon.

Rotator Cuff injuries can range from a mild strain and inflammation to the muscle or tendon, to partial or complete tear of the muscle or tendon. If there is a case of inflammation, this can lead to shoulder impingement as muscles and tendons of the shoulder begin to rub on opposing structures. When this occurs, pain and dysfunction usually increases over time.

Shoulder Tendinitis

Shoulder tendinitis is normally an injury caused by overuse, or an acute exposure to activity that causes inflammation of the tendons in the muscles that make up the rotator cuff. Most shoulder tendinitis cases are a result of overuse, or use of the shoulder without proper engagement of all the muscles in the shoulder complex.

The rotator cuff consists of four tendons that extended from your shoulder blade and attaching to the upper portion of your arm. These muscles are extremely important in creating a mechanism of stabilizing a ball in a very shallow socket to create stability in order to move properly. If there are muscular imbalances in theses muscles, or poor posture is involved, shoulder injuries are usually a result.

Shoulder Injuries and Rotator Cuff Tendinitis Treatment

We take into consideration all aspects of the human body in a dynamic environment. We want to understand the mechanics of your shoulder and the structures that may be causing or contributing to the issue. After a thorough examination of the shoulder/rotator cuff complex, we work together to formulate a plan through conservative manual therapy. Whether you have shoulder pain from lifting, tendinitis in the rotator cuff, shoulder impingement, or shoulder pain from sleeping we utilize soft tissue therapy/Active Release Techniques and physical therapy/rehabilitation to get your shoulder feeling better, stronger and more importantly educating you along the way to help you in your pursuit to move forward in life with confidence.

Active Release Techniques Certified Provider

Dr. Centofonti is full body Active Release Techniques (ART) Certified Provider, which includes extensive knowledge of the upper extremity and conditions such as shoulder tendinitis, rotator cuff tendinitis, golfers elbow, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Active Release Techniques muscle therapy is a patented, soft tissue therapy that treats conditions within muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. Dr. Centofonti is also a former collegiate baseball player that understands the biomechanics and kinematic sequence of overhead athletes.


“I was referred to Dr. Centofonti through my gym after having shoulder and hip impingement issues. After just a few sessions, I was not only able to lift weights that were previously out of reach but more importantly pain-free. This allowed me to push myself even further by running my first half-marathon in sub 1:40. I can’t thank Dr. Centofonti for his knowledge and expertise in keeping me healthy and striving to hit new fitness goals.” 

Brian H.

Our goal is for you to be pain-free, moving better, and moving forward in life with confidence