What Is Rotator Cuff Tear

Rotator Cuff TearRotator cuff tear is a common cause of pain and disability among adults. The rotator cuff comprises of a network of four muscles and several tendons forming a covering around the top of the upper arm bone known as humerus.

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tear

These muscles form a cover around the head of the humerus. In turn the rotator cuff holds the humerus in place in the shoulder joint thus enables the arm to rotate. Most tears occur in the supraspinatus muscle, but other parts of the cuff may be involved. Other symptomes include weakness and tenderness in the shoulder

Rotator Cuff Problem

The most common symptom of a rotator cuff tear is pain. Patients usually complain of pain over the top of the shoulder and arm. In some cases, the pain can be felt down the outside of the arm all the way to the elbow.

The other common symptom of a rotator cuff problem is weakness of the shoulder. Weakness causes difficulty in lifting the arm up overhead or difficulty with activities such as  getting dressed, reaching for something or carrying objects.

Athletes listed below are prone to getting rotator cuff tears:

  • Swimmers
  • Baseball players, especially pitchers
  • Tennis players
  • Football players

 

You can get a rotator cuff tear by:

  • Falling on your shoulder
  • Using an arm to hold back a fall
  • Lifting heavy objects or weights

 

Treatment for Shoulder Tendonitis

For the majority of the patients, rotator cuff tear can be treated without surgery. Non-operative rotator cuff treatments may include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory pain medications, and cortisone injections.

The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation and strengthen the uninjured muscles around the shoulder to compensate for the torn muscles.

  • Physical Therapy
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications
  • Cortisone Injections

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