Rotator Cuff Tears

The rotator cuff is the thick band of muscles and associated tendons that cover the top of the upper arm and hold it in place, providing support and stability to the shoulder joint. The rotator cuff also allows for a full range of motion while keeping the ball of the arm bone in the shoulder socket. The rotator cuff is responsible for overhead motion.


These tendons can become partially or completely torn as a result of a rotator cuff tear or injury. A rotator cuff tear often occurs because of injury or overuse of the muscle and tendons over a long period of time. Rotator cuff tears typically involve pain when lifting or lowering the arm, muscle weakness and atrophy, and discomfort at rest, particularly if pressure is placed on the affected shoulder. Sometimes calcium deposits can build up within the rotator cuff causing pain and limited function called calcific tendinosis.

In most cases, surgery is not recommended for tears that cause severe pain. We offer a variety of non-surgical options for rotator cuff tears with a customized approach. However, in some cases due to the degree of tearing or impaired function surgery may be recommended.

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