Rotator Cuff Tear

Jun 14, 2023 | Injuries and Conditions, Shoulder, Video

What is a Rotator Cuff Tear?

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons in the shoulder joint providing support and enabling a wide range of motion. Major injury to these tendons may result in tear of these tendons, a condition called rotatoran illustration showing a rotator cuff tear cuff tear. It is one of the most common causes of shoulder pain in middle aged adults and older individuals.

What are the Causes of Rotator Cuff Tears?

Rotator cuff tear results from pressure on the rotator cuff from part of the shoulder blade (scapula) as the arm is lifted. It may occur with repeated use of arm for overhead activities, while playing sports or during motor accidents.

What are the Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Tears?

Rotator cuff tear causes severe pain, weakness of the arm, and crackling sensation on moving shoulder in certain positions. There may be stiffness, swelling, loss of movement and tenderness in the front of the shoulder.

How is a Rotator Cuff Tear diagnosed?

Your surgeon diagnoses rotator cuff Tear based on a physical examination, X-rays, and imaging studies, such as MRI. Rotator cuff tear is best viewed on magnetic resonance imaging.

What are the Treatment Options for Rotator Cuff Tears?

Conservative treatment options for Rotator Cuff Tears

The conservative treatment options for rotator cuff tears are:

  • Rest
  • Shoulder sling
  • Pain medication, injection of a steroid (cortisone) and a local anesthetic in the subacromial space of the affected shoulder to help decrease the inflammation and pain
  • Certain exercises

Surgery for Rotator Cuff Tears

Rotator cuff repair may be performed by open surgery or arthroscopic procedure. In arthroscopy procedure, space for rotator cuff tendons will be increased and the cuff tear is repaired using suture anchors. These anchor sutures help in attaching the tendons to the shoulder bone. Following the surgery, you may be advised to practice motion and strengthening exercises.

Service Areas

Related Topics

PRP Therapy

PRP Therapy

What is PRP Therapy?Our blood consists of a liquid component known as plasma. It also consists of three main solid components which include red blood cells (RBCs), white blood cells (WBCs), and platelets. Platelets play an important role in forming blood clots. They...

read more
Ankle Fractures

Ankle Fractures

What is Normal Ankle Joint Anatomy? The ankle joint is composed of three bones: the tibia, fibula and talus, which are articulated together. The ends of the fibula and tibia (lower leg bones) form the inner and outer malleolus, which are the bony protrusions of the...

read more
Meniscal Tears

Meniscal Tears

What is a Meniscal Tear? Meniscus tear is the commonest knee injury in athletes, especially those involved in contact sports. A sudden bend or twist in your knee causes the meniscus to tear. This is a traumatic meniscus tear. Elderly people are more prone to...

read more
Shoulder Instability

Shoulder Instability

What is Shoulder Instability? Shoulder instability is a chronic condition that causes frequent dislocations of the shoulder joint. Causes of Shoulder Instability A dislocation occurs when the end of the humerus (the ball portion) partially or completely dislocates...

read more
Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

What is Frozen Shoulder? Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by pain and loss of motion in the shoulder joint. It is more common in older adults aged between 40 and 60 years and is more common in women than men. Causes of...

read more
Hip Bursitis

Hip Bursitis

What is Hip Bursitis? Hip bursitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of a bursa in the hip. Bursae are fluid- filled sacs present in joints between bone and soft tissue to reduce friction and provide cushioning during movement. The bony prominence of the...

read more

Treatment of the following Areas

Our individualized approach and treatment plans get our patients back to health as quickly as possible and remain the hallmark of our practice.

Contact Us