Rotator Cuff Tear Overview
What is a rotator cuff tear?
A person with a rotator cuff tear has torn some of the tendons that surround the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff consists of four muscles and their tendons, which surround the top and back of the shoulder. The tendons help hold the humerus and the scapula together, and help move the shoulder. The most common causes of a rotator cuff tear include sports injuries, occupational injuries, heavy lifting, and falls.
What are the symptoms of a rotator cuff tear?
The most common symptom of a rotator cuff tear is shoulder pain that worsens with movement of the shoulder. Additional symptoms of a rotator cuff tear may include tenderness, stiffness, and arm weakness.
How does the doctor treat a rotator cuff tear?
Initial treatment for a rotator cuff tear may include rest, a sling, cold compresses, physical therapy, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain. Additional treatment for a rotator cuff tear may include corticosteroid medication injections or surgery.
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