Rotator Cuff Tear

By Sloan Huffman

Sports Medicine

Definition

A tear in the tissues connecting muscle to bone (tendons) around the shoulder joint.

Cause

A rotator cuff tear often occurs in people who repeatedly perform the same shoulder motions. But sometimes happens because of natural wear and tear.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the shoulder.
  • Muscle weakness or loss of muscle.
  • Joint stiffness, nerve injury, or tenderness

Field Treatment

Price Procedure

  • Protect
  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

Hospital Treatment

  • Prescription: Anti-inflammatory, Steroid injection
  • Procedures: Anthroscopy, Shoulder Surgery
  • Therapy: Physical Therapy

Prevention

You cant totally prevent every dear wear and tear of the muscles but there are some things you can do to have a better chance to not have a rotator cuff tear:

  • Keep muscles in your shoulder strong and flexible, daily exercise helps.
  • Have a good posture at all times.
  • Don't lift objects that are too heavy for you especially over your head.
  • Don't keep your arms out to the side or over your head for long periods of time.