Shoulder : Rotator Cuff

Rotator Cuff Tear

A rotator cuff injury is a strain or tear in the group of tendons and muscles that hold your shoulder joint together and help move your shoulder, it can make daily activities like brushing your hair and cooking painful.

How does this shoulder Injury occur?

  • Using your arm to break a fall.
  • Falling onto your arm.
  • Lifting a heavy object.
  • Use of your shoulder in sports with a repetitive overhead movement, such as swimming, baseball, football, and tennis, which gradually strains the tendon.
  • Manual labor such as painting, plastering, etc.


  • Arm and shoulder pain, presented as a constant dull ache
  • Shoulder weakness
  • Shoulder tenderness
  • Loss of shoulder movement, especially overhead

Potential Treatments

  • If your tear is minor, it can be left to heal by itself if it is not interfering with your everyday activities.
  • Ice at least once a day.
  • Rehabilitation exercises will be recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Your healthcare provider may recommend that you take an anti-inflammatory or additional pain medication.
  • Sometimes rotator cuff tears may require arthroscopic repair of the injury. Your healthcare provider will discuss this as well as other treatment options with you.

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