Torn Rotator Cuff

Torn Rotator Cuff Treatment in CT & NY

A rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that stabilize the shoulder joint and allow a person to lift and rotate the arms. A tear in the rotator cuff is commonly found in people who repeatedly perform the same shoulder motions. Athletes and people in labor-intensive careers are most susceptible to an injury to the rotator cuff.

Symptoms of a Torn Rotator Cuff

Common signs and symptoms of a torn rotator cuff include:

  • Minor pain that is present during activity and rest
  • Pain radiating from the front of the shoulder to the side of the arm
  • Pain in the shoulder
  • Shoulder locking into place
  • Muscle loss and weakness
  • Joint stiffness or tenderness

Causes of a Torn Rotator Cuff

A torn rotator cuff may be the result of an injury, such as suddenly falling on an outstretched arm. Example of injuries include:

  • Trauma, such as dislocating a shoulder
  • Lifting something suddenly and in a jerking motion
  • Lifting something too heavy

Treatment for Torn Rotator Cuff

Physical therapy is an extremely effective measure to treat and alleviate pain in a torn rotator cuff. By strengthening the smaller muscles around the shoulder, physical therapy can help compensate for damaged tendons and improve the mechanics of the shoulder joint. Other treatment options available for a torn rotator cuff include:

  • Medication, such as NSAIDs
  • Home care, such as resting the affected shoulder and wearing a sling
  • Corticosteroid injections

At Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of NY & CT, we offer a variety of personalized treatments to help you find relief. To learn more about which treatment is right for you, schedule an appointment today!