Rotator Cuff Injury

What is a rotator cuff injury?

Your rotator cuff consists of muscles and tendons that hold your shoulder in place. It is one of the most important parts of your shoulder.


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Your rotator cuff allows you to
lift your arms and reach up Each year, millions of people in the U.S. go to their
healthcare providers because of a rotator cuff problem. A rotator cuff tear is a common
cause of pain and disability among adults.

What are the symptoms of rotator cuff tear?

Symptoms may be a bit different for
each person. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain that keeps coming back,
    especially when doing certain things such as lifting over your head
  • Pain that prevents you from sleeping on your injured side
  • Grating or cracking sounds when moving your arm
  • Limited ability to move your arm
  • Muscle weakness

The symptoms of a rotator cuff tear
may seem like other conditions or health problems. Always talk with your healthcare
provider for a diagnosis.

How is a rotator cuff injury diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will take
a complete health history and do a physical exam. You may also have diagnostic tests
such as:

  • X-ray. This test uses invisible
    electromagnetic energy beams to make images of internal tissues, bones, and organs
    onto film.
  • MRI. This test uses a combination of
    large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer to make detailed images of organs and
    structures within the body.


MRI Scan

A rotator cuff may tear partly or
fully. Partial-thickness tears do not completely remove the tendon from the
shoulder.

How is a rotator cuff injury treated?

Treatment will depend on your symptoms, age, and general health. It
will also depend on how severe the condition is.

Treatment may include:

  • Rest
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
    (NSAIDs)
  • Strengthening and stretching
    exercises
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Corticosteroid shot (injection)
  • Surgery (for severe injuries or
    tears)


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