Shoulder Injuries - Torn Rotator Cuff

The rotator cuff is comprised of four muscle-tendon units that stabilize the shoulder ball on its small and relatively flat socket surface. Any or all of these muscle-tendon units can tear, but the most common tear involves the one or two muscle-tendon units that elevate the arm.

People under-estimate how often they use their shoulders until they experience an injury. The shoulder sustains frequent use and abuse on a daily basis. This can include repetitive overhead motions required to facilitate a job, sports, or physical activities that patients choose to participate in.

Age can also play a significant factor in rotator cuff tears. It is estimated that 28% of individuals over the age of 60 and 65% of those over the age of 70 will tear their rotator cuff. These risk factors also increase if you are a smoker, have high cholesterol, or any previous history with rotator cuff tears.

What are the symptoms?

  • A dull ache deep in the shoulder
  • Difficulty sleeping, particularly if you lie on the affected shoulder
  • Inability to do daily tasks with your arm like getting dressed, combing your hair or reaching behind your back
  • Arm weakness or inability to use arm entirely

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact Comprehensive Spine Center to determine a treatment plan that is right for you.