Rotator cuff tears are injuries to the tendons that surround the shoulder joint.
Rotator cuff tears may develop because of an acute injury but are most often caused by age-related degeneration or chronic impingement (rotator cuff tendons being pulled and squeezed under the coracoacromial arch). Cuff tears can be diagnosed clinically, but an MRI may be used to determine the extent of the tear and further management. Partial thickness tears are initially treated with conservative management including physical therapy, NSAIDs and activity modification. Physical therapy can often strengthen the surrounding muscles and alleviate or eliminate the pain. If the patient fails with conservative management or has a full thickness tear that is causing significant pain and disability, the patient may be a candidate for arthroscopic repair of the rotator cuff.
As our patient, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our doctors. We will create an individualized treatment plan together, tailored to your problem and lifestyle. Our doctors prefer non-invasive treatments whenever possible, including physical therapy and/or injections. If your problem ultimately does require surgery, our doctors prefer the least invasive surgical techniques possible. Our goals are the same as yours: to get you back to living your best life, pain free.