Rotator Cuff Tear
Kevin Valyear Period 7
A rotator cuff tear is a tear of one or more of the tendons of the four rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder.
A rotator cuff tear can be caused by:
- Falling on your shoulder
- Using an arm to break a fall
- Lifting heavy weights
Major Signs and Symptoms
The symptoms of a rotator cuff tear include:
- Pain in the shoulder and arm, which varies depending on how serious the tear is
- Weakness and tenderness in the shoulder
- Difficulty moving the shoulder, especially when trying to lift your arm above your head
- Snapping or crackling sounds when moving the shoulder
- Inability to sleep on the shoulder
Tests / Diagnosis
Rest the Joint
Avoid any movement or activity that hurts. You may need a sling.
Two to three times a day to reduce pain and swelling.
Use anti-inflammatory painkillers or NSAIDS
Examples: Advil, Aleve, or Motrin.
Range of Motion Exercises
To maintain mobility.
To strengthen joints.
Only in severe cases. Usually and arthroscopy is preformed.
Rotator Cuff- a group of four tendons and their muscles that converge around the shoulder joint at the top of the humerus.
Anti-inflammatory- a medication used to reduce inflammation.
NSAIDS- Non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs.