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Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons in each shoulder. It holds your upper arm bone in your shoulder socket. It keeps your arm stable while allowing it to lift and rotate. Too much stress on the rotator cuff can cause a tear.

At Andrews Sports Medicine, our fellowship-trained non-surgical physicians and orthopaedic surgeons who commonly diagnose and treat rotator cuff tears.

A rotator cuff tear can happen because of a fall with an outstretched arm. It can happen if you try to lift something heavy with a jerking motion. It can also happen over time as part of normal wear and tear of aging, especially if you have done a lot of repetitive shoulder motions. This can be a painful injury.

If you tear a rotator cuff, you may feel pain in your shoulder. It may hurt even when you are resting. It may hurt more when you lift or lower your arm. Your arm may feel weak when you try to move it. You may feel a crackling sensation when you move your shoulder certain ways.

Your torn rotator cuff can be treated with a sling and with medications to help your pain. You may benefit from physical therapy. If these non-surgical treatments don’t help, you may need surgery. If these methods are not helpful, you may benefit from an arthroscopic surgical procedure.

Benton A. Emblom, MD and Michael K. Ryan, MD can create a plan that is right for you. For more information, contact Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center at (205) 939.3699 and ask to speak with Dr. Emblom's or Dr. Ryan's appointment scheduler.